Bali ready for Obama vacation

Former US President Barack Obama
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Former US President Barack Obama is expected to spend a five-day vacation in Bali before he departs for Yogyakarta and Jakarta.

He will reportedly be accompanied by his wife Michelle, their daughters Malia and Sasha, and other Obama family members.

He will also bring several special staff members on the vacation.

Ninth regional military command (Kodam IX) Udayana commander Maj. Gen.Komarudin Simanjuntak said his team was ready to safeguard Obama's visit to Bali.

However, he further said the military command did not have a security operation command for the visit.

"As of now, we have not yet received any official notification. However, we have heard about that [Obama's vacation plan]," said Komarudin.

Citing unofficial information he had received, Komarudin said Obama would arrive in Bali on June 23 and vacation with his family on the island until June 28. "We haven't been invited to attend any meetings related to the visit, however," he said.

Komarudin added that he did not yet know where Obama would stay during his vacation to Bali.

"In which part of Bali he will stay - Gianyar, Kuta or Nusa Dua - I don't know yet," he said.

Komarudin emphasised they were ready to safeguard Obama's visit.

"The Army, especially VVIP security personnel, never choose days. The Army has always been trained to face any situation. So, once he [Obama] says we will go to Bali, that's the time for us to work," he said.

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