Indonesia’s treffic traffic congestion was on display for the world Thursday after the country’s president was forced to walk 2km through the scorching heat to attend a military parade.
Graft-ridden Indonesia is home to one of Asia’s most inefficient bureaucracies and gridlock plagues many of the archipelago’s largest towns.
The country’s traffic condition made the President Joko Widodo to walk more than 2km to attend a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesian military’s founding.
Widodo and senior government officials were held up by gridlock as they approached the military parade in Cilegon, a port city about two-and-a-half hours drive from the capital Jakarta, the presidential palace said.
After a 30-minute wait, “the president then decided from inside the car that he would walk,” Widodo’s guard Ili Dasili revealed in a statement. National police chief Tito Karnavian, who was also stuck in the jam, joined the president for the walk.