Subject: Lusa: Government reshuffle ready, says PM Alkatiri

28-02-2003 18:46:00 GMT Invalid Hora local.

East Timor: Government reshuffle ready, says PM Alkatiri

Dili, Feb. 28 (Lusa) - Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri confirmed Friday that he is ready to reshuffle and restructure East Timor's first post-independence government.

In comments to Lusa, Alkatiri said he would send President Xanana Gusmão a letter Monday detailing the planned changes, which he described as being "everything but cosmetic".

He declined to elaborate on the reshuffle of his cabinet, which took office at independence May 20.

Government sources, however, told Lusa that one main alteration would be the creation of a "ministry to the presidency" to be entrusted to Justice Minister Ana Pessoa, making her Alkatiri's chief aide in the cabinet.

ASP/SAS Lusa


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