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Indonesia's president clears up any confusion: He wants to be called Jokowi

  • A painting of new Indonesian President Joko Widodo is displayed at his street-side kiosk in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Widodo, popularly known as 'Jokowi' was inaugurated as the country's seventh president on Oct. 20.(AP Photo/Tatan syuflana)

    A painting of new Indonesian President Joko Widodo is displayed at his street-side kiosk in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Widodo, popularly known as 'Jokowi' was inaugurated as the country's seventh president on Oct. 20.(AP Photo/Tatan syuflana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second from right, smiles during a press conference with military top brass, from left to right, Air Force Chief of Staff Air Marshall Ida Bagus Putu Dunia, Armed Forces Chief Gen. Moeldoko, Navy Chief of Staff Adm. Marsetio, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, Head of State Intelligence Agency Marciano Norman and National Police Chief Gen. Sutarman, at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct.  22, 2014. Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called by his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second from right, smiles during a press conference with military top brass, from left to right, Air Force Chief of Staff Air Marshall Ida Bagus Putu Dunia, Armed Forces Chief Gen. Moeldoko, Navy Chief of Staff Adm. Marsetio, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, Head of State Intelligence Agency Marciano Norman and National Police Chief Gen. Sutarman, at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called by his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo walks to attend a press conference at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct.  22, 2014. Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called by his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo walks to attend a press conference at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called by his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)  (The Associated Press)

Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer.

Joko Widodo, who was sworn in as president on Monday, has long been widely known as Jokowi, a contraction of his two names.

In interviews with local media this week he confirmed he wants to be officially known as Jokowi, saying Widodo would sound "strange."

Kompas daily quoted him as saying a French man gave him the name when he was buying furniture from Jokowi.

The French man was buying on Java island from several people called Joko so he added the "wi" to help him.

The paper said the man, identified as "Bernard", visited Jokowi on Monday in Jakarta.