Jokowi portrait removed from Canberra gallery

Jokowi portrait removed from Canberra gallery

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in Canberra has temporarily removed President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo portrait from its exhibition room following the execution of the Australian drug convicts in Central Java on Tuesday.

The gallery director, Angus Trumble, said on Thursday the removal of the photograph, which was in the list of the National Geographic Portrait Prize this year, was an act of precaution that "the portrait may be defaced by someone angry about the execution of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran."

Trumble said the removal was a temporary measure and that the photographer had been informed, reported.

The portrait was taken by Adam Ferguson last September during a cover shoot with Jokowi for Time Magazine.

Chan and Sukumaran, known as Bali Nine drug ring leaders, was executed on early Wednesday together with seven others convicts consisted of the nationals of Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana and Indonesia, causing worldwide outcry.

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