Jokowi shows at nuptials of military chief's son

Jokowi shows at nuptials of military chief's son
Let's get the party started: The lavish wedding of the son of Indonesian Military commander Gen. Moeldoko at Jakarta International Expo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Saturday, attracted huge crowds of the nation's political elite.

Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Moeldoko threw a lavish wedding for his 28-year-old son Randy Bimantoro on Saturday.

In attendance were political heavyweights, including President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla .

Soon after Jokowi entered the hall in the Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, he, and his wife, Iriana, greeted Moeldoko and his family, including the newlyweds, Randy and Rasyula Andari, the daughter of Maj. Gen. Toto Rinanto Soedjiman.

Jusuf Kalla then came up on stage with his wife, Mufidah.

The First Family upstaged the newlyweds, as those present frenziedly snapped photos of the President.

After exiting, Jokowi, Iriana, Kalla and his wife were escorted to a VIP section, where they greeted officials and politicians, including Health Minister Nila Moeloek, Constitutional Court Chief Justice Hamdan Zoelva and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Maruarar Sirait.

Jokowi spent less than 10 minutes in the hall before leaving.

Also at the reception were PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soe-karnoputri, Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker Zulkifli Hasan, former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel.

Hundreds of guests meant that waits to enter the hall topped 20 minutes, followed by another 20 minutes in line to greet the bride and groom - although jazz singer Dira J. Sugandi, backed by a full orchestra, was on hand for entertainment.

The wedding took place days after Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Yuddy Chrisnandi issued new rules banning government officials from lavish lifestyles.

In a circular issued on Nov 20, Yuddy banned officials from throwing lavish parties or other wasteful spending to "show empathy for the people".

The rule, which goes into effect in January, also sets a limit on the number of invitations issued for occasions like wedding receptions to 400, or no more than 1,000 participants.

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