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Luxury luncheon with Jokowi in the driver’s seat


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Bali: The G20 leaders and various heads of global organisations have arrived for lunch at the luxury Apurva Kempinski hotel — and some got the extra VIP treatment.

Upon arriving at the hotel entrance, Indonesian President Joko Widodo decided to hop into the driver’s seat of a golf buggy and ferry several guests, including Kristalina Georgieva of the International Monetary Fund, to the beachfront venue.

Everyone seemed to be in high spirits, especially Widodo who was grinning ear to ear — except the two stern-faced bodyguards sat at the back. They were trailed by a contingent of black-suited delegates and aides.

The luncheon is being held under a vast bamboo structure where guests are dining in a massive circular table.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Arabia’s leader Mohammed bin Salman were spotted milling around, while the International Olympic Committee’s Thomas Bach gave an opening address.

Fifa president Giovanni Infantino sat and listened.

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