1,600 security personnel stand guard at funeral of President's mother

1,600 security personnel stand guard at funeral of President's mother

Chief of the Central Java Provincial Police, Inspector General Rycko Amelza Dahniel. (ANTARA/I.C. Senjaya)

In view of the current situation, people have been called upon to pay their last tributes to the President’s mother from their homes
Solo, C Java (ANTARA) - Around 1,600 police and military personnel will stand guard at the funeral of President Joko Widodo's mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, who passed away on Wednesday after a four-year-long battle with cancer.

Security arrangements will be made around the mourning house — along the road leading to the cemetery and around the cemetery, Chief of the Central Java Provincial Police, Inspector General Rycko Amelza Dahniel, told the press at the entrance of President Joko Widodo's residence in Banyuanyar, Solo, Central Java, on Wednesday.

Chief of the Diponegoro Regional Military Command, Major General M Effendi, said the extended family of President Jokowi had also requested the public to refrain from paying their tributes to Sujiatmi at the mourning house in wake of the spread of the coronavirus.

"In view of the current situation, people have been called upon to pay their last tributes to the President's mother from their homes," he said.

To break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, the public should comply with the social distancing policy, he said.

President Jokowi's mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, breathed her last around 4:45 p.m. local time on Wednesday in her hometown Solo, Central Java. She was 77.

Born on February 15, 1943, Sujiatmi was married to Widjiatno Notomiharjo. They had four children. President Joko Widodo, their first child, was born in Solo on June 21, 1961.

President Jokowi landed in his hometown at 5:52 p.m. local time on Wednesday and rushed to the mourning house to pay tribute to his mother.  

 

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