Thousands flock to Jakarta`s main streets to see President Jokowi

Thousands flock to Jakarta`s main streets to see President Jokowi

President Joko Widodo (left) Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla paraded horse-drawn carriage after the appointed at People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) in the cultural procession toward the Presidential Palace along Jalan MH Thamrin and Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta. (ANTARA News/Ardianus Mehan)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Thousands of people congregated at Jakartas Thamrin and Sudirman streets here on Monday noon to catch a glimpse of the newly inaugurated President Joko Widodos (Jokowi) and Vice Presidents procession for the first time.

Thousands of people have gathered on the main streets, particularly near the Hotel Indonesia roundabout, since morning. In the meantime, the march itself is scheduled to start at around 1:00 p.m. West Indonesian Time. The streets of Thamrin and Sudirman have been closed since Monday morning.

As of now, the crowds continue to swell at Thamrin and Sudirman streets, despite the hot weather conditions in Jakarta.

"I do not mind waiting in this heat because I want to see President Jokowi," noted Irma, a local resident.

In the meantime, Andi, another local resident, said he was amazed to see the large number of people who have enthusiastically gathered to follow the Mondays march.

"This is a new chapter in Indonesias history. I hope Indonesia will become better under the leadership of the new president," he added.