Jakarta (ANTARA) - The integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) must be placed in the most important position, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated.

"The integrity of NKRI should not be sacrificed. NKRI’s integrity must be placed in the most important position," President Jokowi remarked before the commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Saturday.

"Happy 74th Anniversary Republic of Indonesia," the President remarked.

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The President averred his unwavering focus on the development of human resources during his second term for the 2019-2024 period.

"A character should be built from the start, as it is very important," he remarked.

The values of a person's character must be instilled since early on in life.

"Matters in relation to ethics, discipline, responsibility, independence, and culture of hard work must be built from the start. We must then prepare skills," Jokowi stated.

The character-building process was gradually continued until higher education.

During the ceremony, Regional Representatives Council (DPD) Chairman Osman Sapta Oedang was the reader of the proclamation text, while the prayer was read out by the education and culture minister.

The ceremony to commemorate the 74th Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. local time.

President Jokowi will act as inspector during a ceremony to mark the 74th anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia.

State officials, both the working cabinet ministers and leaders of institutions and agencies, will accompany the president at the main podium.

In the meantime, 11 thousand attendees at the ceremony constituted 30 percent of state officials, including from state institutions, the military, police, and ambassadors from friendly countries and 70 percent of the community.

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Translator: Desca Lidya / Azis Kurmala
Editor: Sri Haryati
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