|Joko Widodo secara rasmi jadi presiden ketujuh negara demokrasi ketiga terbesar di dunia.
Jokowi , 52, memenangi pilihan raya presiden pada 9 Julai lalu mengalahkan Prabowo Subianto. Bekas peniaga perabot itu juga merupakan Datuk Bandar Solo dan Gabenor Jakarta.
Joko, 53, who is popularly known as Jokowi among Indonesians, took over the helm from Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who has been the president since 2004.
Jusuf Kalla also took the oath of office as the vice-president in front of the more than 1,000 MPR members.
Jusuf Kalla turut mengangkat sumpah sebagai Naib Presiden Indonesia
Both leaders took their oath of office for a five-year term in a ceremony that was widely covered by all local and foreign media, besides being witnessed by millions of Indonesians via live telecast by the various local television stations.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who received a personal invitation from Jokowi to attend the historic ceremony, had arrived here with his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and joined 18 foreign dignitaries and nine heads of government at the event.
Najib was accorded the privilege of paying a courtesy call on Joko to congratulate the latter on behalf of the people and government of Malaysia, despite the new president's tight schedule, including meeting his supporters at various functions today.
Among the world leaders who witnessed the inauguration were the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah; Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and United States Secretary of State John Kerry.
Joko, the Jakarta Governor, and his running mate Jusuf won the hotly contested Indonesian presidential election on July 22, obtaining 70,990,832 votes or 53.15 per cent out of the total 133,567,276 votes.
His opponent, Prabowo Subianto, and his running mate Hatta Rajasa, who also witnessed the inauguration, garnered 62,576,444 votes or 46.85 per cent.
Meanwhile, despite the strict control and roadblocks by Indonesian security forces in the compound of the legislative hall and the main routes leading to the venue, the media and Joko's supporters had gathered to follow the proceedings since early this morning.
Throughout the ceremony, his supporters, who were accommodated at a special area to follow the proceedings via giant screens, burst out in applause whenever the face of their leader appeared on screen.
In his maiden speech following the swearing-in, Joko expressed his gratitude to all the foreign national leaders who were present to give their support.
The republic's seventh president also pledged to be with the international community in every effort to maintain global peace and security.
Joko also expressed his appreciation to Susilo whom he praised for having done a good job over the past 10 years.
The new president also repeated the word "kerja" (work) several times in his speech as a commitment to work hard throughout his term to make Indonesia a better and more progressive state, besides appealing to the people of Indonesia to continue to give him their full support. -- BERNAMA 20 October 2014