Indonesia’s Notorious Traffic: President Was Forced To Walk About Two Kilometres

Indonesia’s Notorious Traffic: President Was Forced To Walk About Two Kilometres.




Indonesia’s president was forced to walk two kilometers through the scorching heat to attend a military parade.

Graft-ridden Indonesia is home to one of Asia’s most inefficient bureaucracies and gridlock plagues many of the archipelago’s largest towns.

The country’s traffic nightmares were aptly illustrated when President Joko Widodo had to walk more than two kilometers to attend a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesian military’s founding.

Widodo and senior government officials were held up by gridlock as they approached the military parade in Cilegon, a port city about two-and-a-half hours drive from the capital Jakarta, the presidential palace said.


   President Joko Widodo.

After a 30-minute wait, “the president then decided from inside the car that he would walk,” Widodo’s guard Ili Dasili said in a statement.

National police chief Tito Karnavian, who was also stuck in the jam, joined the president.

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