Indonesia’s New President, Vice President are Radio Amateurs


Indonesia’s new national leaders are both Amateur Radio licensees.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, YD2JKW, holds a General class license. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, YC8HYK, is an Advanced class licensee.

Elected in July, Jokowi, 53, a former furniture exporter, and Kalla, 72, were inaugurated on October 20 in Jakarta. Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy, with a population of approximately 250 million.

Secretary of State John Kerry represented the US at the inauguration and met with the new president afterward. Jokowi previously served as governor of Jakarta and as mayor of Surakarta.