Timorese PR and Xanana Gusmão meet in the presidential palace

Xanana Gusmão and Taur Matan Ruak during a rally for the East Timor presidential elections in Dili, March 2012

Xanana Gusmão arrived at the presidential palace shortly after the end of the weekly meeting between Lu-Olo and Timorese Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak.

Timorese President Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo and the former head of state and leader of the government's coalition, Xanana Gusmão, met today in a meeting that was not foreseen, after months of political tension.

Xanana Gusmão arrived at the presidential palace shortly after the end of the weekly meeting between Lu-Olo and the Timorese Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak.

So far, the content of the meeting between the head of state and the leader of the coalition government, Alliance for Change and Progress (AMP), has not been revealed.

"The meeting was not foreseen," the source of the Timorese presidency told Lusa agency.

The meeting took place following months of tension with Xanana Gusmao, who wrote several letters to Lu-Olo, later released publicly, and made several public statements criticizing the decision of the head of state not to give possession to several names proposed for the government team.

Lu-Olo was also criticized by the AMP for what it considered to be the President's delay in enacting public accounts for 2018.

The issue of ministers' nominations remains unresolved, with a number of portfolios still lacking, and the government is due to present the 2019 General State Budget (OGE) to Parliament, in November.

Some political leaders admitted fearing that Lu-Olo, who enacted the 2018 public accounts, could veto the 2019 ones where 350 million dollars (303 million euros) will necessarily be included to finance the operation recently closed by Xanana Gusmão, on behalf of the Government, to purchase a 30% stake in ConocoPhillips in the Greater Sunrise oil well consortium.

On Wednesday, the Timorese Council of Ministers approved a resolution on the operation, which has yet to be approved by Parliament.

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