An impasse that lasts

An impasse that lasts

After more than one year of political tension and two months after the early elections in Timor-Leste, the political bumps remain unresolved. The impasse between the President of the Republic and the Timorese Prime Minister on the appointment of nine members of the VIII Government remains.

On the one hand, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, President of the Republic and still Fretilin president (now in opposition), on the other the Alliance of Change for Progress (AMP), formed by the National Congress of the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) - led by Xanana Gusmão - the People's Liberation Party (PLP) - led by Taur Matan Ruak, Prime Minister - and the Kmanek Haburas National Unity Timor Oan (KHUNTO).

Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo has refused to vest in office some of the members nominated by Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak because they have "their name identified in the competent judicial bodies" or have "a controversial ethical profile."

The decision has been causing tension between the Presidency and the Government, and the AMP, particularly Xanana Gusmão, leader of the coalition, who has already been appointed twice and has not yet taken office.

The deadlock remains in relation to nine names, seven of them from the National Congress of the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT): Francisco Kalbuadi Lay, Virgílio Smith, Tomás do Rosário Cabral, Jacinto Rigoberto Gomes de Deus, Hélder Lopes, Amândio de Sá Benevides, Sérgio Gama da C. Lobo.

The other two are António Verdial de Sousa and José Manuel Soares Turquel de Jesus, both from KHUNTO.

In a first yielding by the Government, the prime minister eliminated from the list of nominees two of the names initially proposed - who are currently involved in lawsuits already in court: Gastão de Sousa, proposed as Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment (MPIE) - whose responsibility will be assumed by Xanana Gusmão - and Marcos da Cruz, deputy minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, who was replaced by Rogério Mendonça de Aileu.

Read more in the Plataforma Macau newspaper, edition of 20/07/2018