First Lady Iriana makes her debut

First Lady Iriana makes her debut
In this file photograph taken on October 22, 2014, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (4th L) with First Lady Iriana Widodo (3rd L) and Jakarta acting governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (5th L) stand together with civil servants from the Jakarta governor's office at the presidential palace in Jakarta.

First Lady Iriana made her first speech in an official function on Wednesday during a charity event organised by the Women's International Club (WIC).

Iriana said prior to delivering her speech that she experienced some stage fright.

"This is the first occasion in which I am delivering a speech in my capacity as First Lady, this is my first speech in three months," Iriana said, causing the audience to chuckle.

Iriana also joked that she should apologise for speaking in Bahasa Indonesia with a thick Javanese accent.

"All of you will certainly laugh because of my heavy Javanese accent," Iriana said.

The audience included former president and chairperson of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), wife of Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Mufidah and the wife of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, Veronica Tan.

Iriana is seen as a radical departure from Ani Yudhoyono, who was seen as a matriarch in the Yudhoyono family.

Iriana is thought to represent the image of a quintessential Javanese women who puts family first.

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