President Jokowi in Padang for Eid Al Fitr

President Jokowi in Padang for Eid Al Fitr

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) with First Lady Iriana Widodo. (ANTARA/Muhammad Iqbal/P003)

Padang (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) arrived in Padang, West Sumatra, on Monday afternoon for a working visit during which he will be joining the people in the Eid Al Fitr prayer on Wednesday morning.

President Jokowi, flanked by First Lady Iriana, arrived at the local Minangkabau International airport at 17.30pm, after flying for around one and a half hours from Jakarta aboard the presidential aircraft, Indonesia Satu.

A number of government officials joined the presidents delegation, including minister/state secretary Pratikno, Public Works Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and the chairman of the Regional Representatives Council, Irman Gusman.

The presidential entourage was welcomed by West Sumatra governor, Irwan Prayitno, and local government officials on arrival.

President Jokowi, as he is also called, would conduct an evening fasting month prayer at the Nurul Iman Mosque in Padang that day which would be followed by distribution of parcels containing basic food commodities to the people at the Mukaraman mosque in the city.

The President is scheduled to attend a takbir (prayer marking the end of fasting) at the office of the West Sumatra governor along with the people on Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday morning, he is scheduled to attend an Eid prayer at the West Sumatra Grand Mosque.

People in Padang were very enthusiastic upon hearing the news that the President would conduct Eid prayer at the West Sumatra grand mosque.

After visiting West Sumatra, President Jokowi will fly to Solo and Yogyakarta in Central Java to greet the local people on the occasion of Eid.

(Reporting by Bayu Prasetyo/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR)