Taur Matan Ruak appointed by the AMP coalition as the new Timorese PM - party sources

https://static.globalnoticias.pt/pg/image.aspx?brand=PG&type=generate&guid=0511c69e-35a1-452e-a5e9-a882d95dcf5d&t=20180618060034Taur Matan Ruak, here voting at the parliamentary elections on May 12, was appointed prime minister.

Party sources told Lusa, on Monday, that Taur Matan Ruak was nominated Prime Minister of Timor-Leste for the coalition Alliance of Change for Progress (AMP). The coalition won the May legislatures, and informed the Presidency of the Republic of this last week.

Former head of state and chairman of the People's Liberation Party (PLP), one of three parties that make AMP, Taur Matan Ruak was number two on the coalition's list, behind historic leader Xanana Gusmão, who will take the position of Minister Counselor of the Prime Minister.

The same sources confirmed that Xanana Gusmão, president of the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT), will not hold formal duties in the executive's organizational chart, but will be free to support the entire Government.

AMP's source confirmed to Lusa that the nomination of Taur Matan Ruak was sent on Thursday to the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, who, today, announced for Tuesday a round of contacts with political forces with parliamentary seat having in view the "nomination" of the prime minister.

According to other sources of CNRT and PLP heard by Lusa, AMP's expectation is that the schedule is now accelerated and that the VIII Constitutional Government may take office this week.

Xanana Gusmão will have the status of Minister of State, although this does not appear in his nomenclature, and Agio Pereira must be another Minister of State with the same duties he had in the Sixth Government, when he had the title of Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

At the top of the executive will be another figure of the CNRT, namely its secretary general, Francisco Kalbuadi Lay, who will be Minister Coordinator and will have the tutelage of Commerce, Industry, Tourism and Environment, the same sources said.

Fifth in the hierarchy of the Government will be the number two of the PLP, Fidelis Magalhães, who after leading the party bench in the last legislature now has the powers of Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Administration.

Globally the government shall have about 40 members, including members of the three AMP parties, with the cast to be known probably this week.

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