Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who has professed love for heavy metal bands like METALLICA, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD and NAPALM DEATH, has been declared the winner of Indonesia’s presidential election after receiving 53.13 percent of the vote. He is expected to be inaugurated on October 20.
The 53-year-old father-of-three, who has served as governor of Jakarta since 2012, attended METALLICA‘s August 2013 concert in the city — 25 years to the day after the release of the band’s fourth album, “…And Justice For All”, and more than 20 years after their tumultuous first show in Indonesia.
“I am happy and satisfied with the concert,” Widodo said after the performance. “No one got out of control last night. We showed them that Jakarta citizens are all dignified. We could rock the night away in an orderly fashion.”
Back in May 2013, Widodo had to turn over his autographed METALLICA bass guitar to the government temporarily, while authorities determined whether the instrument was merely a gift or a violation of ethics rules. Widodo received the bass from METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo, but had to give it up to the state within 30 days, according to laws regarding gifts to state officials.