Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will lead the funeral ceremony of former President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie at the Kalibata National Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta on Thursday afternoon.
"He will be buried at Kalibata. The ceremony will be led by the President," Habibie's assistant Rubijanto told the press this morning.
Indonesia's third president passed away at the age of 83 at the Gatot Soebroto Central Army Hospital in Central Jakarta at 06:05 PM Western Indonesia Time (WIB) on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. He died of old age.
Habibie was born in Pare Pare, South Sulawesi on June 25, 1936. He was the fourth child in a family of eight children.
Habibie was the third President of Indonesia. He led the country from May 1998 to October 1999.
Habibie is considered as the pioneer of the Indonesian aviation industry. He is also widely known as the country's Father of Technology.
The government has declared three days of mourning until Saturday, September 14, 2019. It has also urged Indonesian people to fly the national flag at half mast.