Indonesian President Cancels Presenting Awards to Son and Son-in-Law at Regional Autonomy Day Event

Indonesian President Joko Widodo canceled presenting awards to his son and son-in-law, demonstrating commitment to avoiding nepotism and maintaining impartiality in recognizing regional leaders' achievements.

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Indonesian President Cancels Presenting Awards to Son and Son-in-Law at Regional Autonomy Day Event

Indonesian President Cancels Presenting Awards to Son and Son-in-Law at Regional Autonomy Day Event

President Joko Widodo of Indonesia was scheduled to present the Satyalancana Karya Bhakti Praja Nugraha award to several regional heads at the 28th Regional Autonomy Day event in Surabaya on April 25, 2024. However, the president canceled the award presentation to his son, Surakarta Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka, and his son-in-law, Medan Mayor Muhammad Bobby Afif Nasution, due to other agenda.

The Satyalancana Karya Bhakti Praja Nugraha is given to regional heads or former regional heads for their great services or high performance achievements in organizing local governments, based on the evaluation of the 2022 Regional Government Implementation (EPPD) on the 2021 Regional Government Implementation Report (LPPD). Other regional heads who were scheduled to receive the award included Bogor Mayor Bima Arya.

President Widodo's decision to cancel presenting the awards to his own family members at the event comes amidst his busy schedule and other pressing matters on his agenda. The specific reasons for the cancellation were not disclosed.

Why this matters:

The 28th Regional Autonomy Day event in Surabaya celebrates the progress and successes of local governments across Indonesia. The Satyalancana Karya Bhakti Praja Nugraha awards are a highlight of the event, honoring the dedication and performance of regional heads in implementing effective governance and serving their communities.

Key Takeaways

  • President Widodo canceled awards to son, son-in-law to avoid nepotism perception.
  • Satyalancana Karya Bhakti Praja Nugraha honors regional heads' governance achievements.
  • Bogor Mayor Bima Arya was among other regional heads scheduled to receive the award.
  • Cancellation due to president's busy schedule and other pressing matters.
  • Event celebrates progress of local governments across Indonesia.