Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring July 1, 2004
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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring July 1, 2004
I will not substitute Rogerio, says PM
The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the Government will not replace the Minister of Interior, Rogerio Tiago Lobato. The Prime Minister said that the decision will came from him and not from people outside. The Prime Minister also said that it's not time yet for the Government to start reshuffling just because people outside the Government start demanding.
Not L7's decision, says Lobato
The Minister of Interior, Rogerio Tiago Lobato, said that the reshuffling within the Government is not up to Cornelio Gama (known as L7) to decide who should or should not be in the Government. Mr Lobato said that only the Prime Minister can substitute him and not people outside the Government. Mr Lobato said that Cornelio Gama (L7) is a person who thrives in rumours and calls everyone dictator.
Vice-president of Commission C an agitator, says PM
The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that when people make mistakes they need to have the courage to defend their mistake instead of running away. The Prime Minister said that the debate within Commission C had a tendency to support the opposition by manipulating the number to create confusion. The Prime Minister said ?many times I've heard them (the opposition) saying that the government cannot count, but at the end Mr Manuel Tilman added up incorrectly and manipulated it to agitate people. The Government presented itself at the National Parliament to debate the budget and they prefered not to be present to defend their proposal?. The Prime Minister said that then they go out and make false statements to agitate the public.
Authorization from the treasury not Minister, says Alkatiri
The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that all the Government expenses is dealt within the Treasury, and not from Minister of Finance's Department. The Prime Minister said that the Treasury, who gives the authorization to acquire supervises and control's Government spending.
Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)
Manipulation from opposition
The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the opposition Parties at the National Parliament have manipulated the budget numbers to create confusion within the public. The Prime Minister also said that the opposition added up numbers incorrectly and then blamed the Government for it. The Prime Minister said the Vice-President of the Commission C, Manuel Tilman, manipulated the numbers and had no courage to present and debate, instead going out to and try to agitate the public.
Timor-Leste with less political tension, says Foley
The Australian Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Paul Foley, said that there's no more political tension in Timor-Leste than before, but the only remaining issue in the country is corruption. Mr Foley said that institutions, such as the National Parliament and the Judiciary, need to be strengthened to be able to control this. Mr Foley also said that the Church should be included and has an important role to play.
Pre-Paid electricity meters for undisciplined consumers
The Secretary of State for Electricity and Water, Egidio de Jesus, said that undisciplined consumers, who refuse to pay their electricity bills, will see pre-paid electricity meters installed in their houses. Mr de Jesus said that his staff are ready to exchange the conventional electricity meters for the pre-paid ones.
Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office
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