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Dec 12, 2017

Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces ‘coup’

The prime minister of East Timor is refusing to allow parliament to reconvene because he will face a vote of no confidence. What next?

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

As East Timor went to elections this year, the country was the most peaceful and united it had been in its short history. The CNRT-Fretilin government of national inclusion had functioned well, it appeared that the ‘Generation of ‘75’ exemplified by Xanana Gusmao, was stepping back from politics and, with the initialing of an agreement with Australia on the Timor Sea, the future looked positive.

Gusmao elevated Fretilin member Rui Araujo to become prime minister and then supported Fretilin’s Francisco ‘Lu-Olo’ Guterres to be elected president. The widespread expectation was that, after the elections, Fretilin and CNRT would again form another government of national inclusion.

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