Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of National Development Planning and Head of the National Development Planning Agency Suharso Monoarfa stated that residents thronging the presidential open house showed that the people still love President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

"I observed great enthusiasm among residents (to visit the open house). It shows that the people's love for the president remains high," Monoarfa stated after meeting the president in the open house at the Presidential Palace here on Wednesday.

The minister remarked that the president happily welcomed residents keen on meeting him in the first presidential open house after the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the open house, Jokowi and First Lady Iriana personally greeted the guests, comprising state officials and the general public, and had a brief conversation with them.

"Perhaps because (it was the first open house) after the COVID-19 pandemic, I observed that residents are happy that they finally have a chance to meet President Jokowi," the minister stated.

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In concert with Monoarfa, Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah, who also attended the open house, stated that the general public is enthused about meeting the president.

She was also enthusiastic about meeting the president and members of the Onward Indonesia Cabinet during the Eid al-Fitr celebration.

"Praise be to God, I can personally meet some ministers and public figures. It is a momentum to meet and forgive each other," Fauziyah stated.

She also expressed hope that good deeds done by all Muslims during the Ramadan fasting period would be accepted by the Almighty God.

"I hope we will be a pious servant of God, and with the spirit of piety, let us bolster our productivity," she remarked.

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Translator: Yashinta Difa P, Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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