Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 10 July 2007

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list ( have been removed.]

Tuesday, 10 July 2007



National Media Reports

CNRT replies to Fretilin's letter

The Secretary-General of [the ruling party] Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri, on Monday (9/7) said that Fretilin sent letters to six political parties regarding the possibility of setting up a coalition for the upcoming government.

He informed that the National Congress for the Reconstruction of Timor-Leste (CNRT) has replied Fretilin's letter saying that it was a good idea and that they would be open to negotiations with Fretilin on how to form the new government. (DN)

Ramos-Horta: "Fretilin should form coalition government"

President Jose Ramos-Horta reportedly said that although [the ruling party] Fretilin clearly won the elections, it still needs to set up a coalition with other political parties in order to form the new government.

Mr. Horta also revealed that in order to have stability in the country, Fretilin should not form a government on its own. (DN)

Ramos-Horta: "Alfredo has no right to carry weapons"

In response to reports that the former military Police Commander, Alfredo Reinado Alves and his men were surrounded by the International Stabilization Forces (ISF) on Sunday (8/7) in Same, Manufahi district, President José Ramos-Horta said that he gave the orders to ensure that Reinado and his men were not armed.

He said that Reinado is no longer a member of the F-FDTL and as a civilian, he has no right to carry weapons. (DN and STL)

Fretilin will form a big inclusive government

The President of [the ruling party] Fretilin, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, on Monday (9/7) in Central Committee Fretilin (CCF) in Dili, said that Fretilin won the parliamentary elections and plans to form a big inclusive government.

"The National Political Commission of Fretilin welcomes the President's recommendation to include other political parties when forming the new government," said Mr. Lu-Olo. (DN)

Alkatiri: "Stability is Fretilin's priority"

The Secretary-General of [the ruling party] Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri, on Monday (9/7) at the CCF in Dili, declared that Fretilin's priority is to ensure stability and consolidate peace in the country. (DN)

Prime Minister: "Petitioners' lives are important to the government"

Prime Minister Estanislau Aleixo da Silva said on Monday (9/7) at the National Parliament that the government's door is always open for all the petitioners. He informed that the problems of the petitioners will be discussed and have already been presented by Notaveis Commission publicly. (DN)

Allison Cooper: "There is no information about Fretilin's plans to demonstrate"

The UNMIT Spokesperson, Mrs. Allison Cooper reportedly said that UNPol and PNTL have not received any schedules of Fretilin demonstrations in Dili.

According to Ms. Cooper, everyone has the right to demonstrate, but also need to submit their purpose, duration and venue to the police 72 hours in advance.

"UNPol and PNTL are ready to secure Fretilin's supporters who want to demonstrate, but they should submit their request in order for the police to provide security during the demonstration," said Ms. Cooper. (DN)

Ximenes: "CNE should announce the results to the Court of Appeals"

The President of the Court of Appeals, Claudio Ximenes, called on the CNE to announce the results of the Parliamentary Elections to the Court of Appeals.

Mr. Ximenes informed that even if the people have accepted the results, the Court of Appeals has not yet received any cases or the official results from the CNE. (DN)

Fretilin cannot form a government on their own: This should be explained to their supporters

The Secretary-General of the Democratic Party (PD), Mariano Sabino, told journalists on Monday (9/7) at the PD office in Dili, that Fretilin should explain to its supporters that it cannot form a government on its own since it only has the minority seats (21 seats). (STL)

Dialogue with Petitioners

Prime Minister Estanislau Aleixo da Silva reportedly asked the Commander of the F-FDTL to organize a dialogue between the petitioners and F-FDTL.

Mr. da Silve said that the F-FDTL Commander has been mandated by the government to liaise with the petitioners to solve the problem. (STL)

Announcement of Results: 7 political parties could not pass the threshold

The preliminary results of the Parliamentary Elections were publicly announced yesterday (9/7) in Dili by the CNE.

The CNE President, Faustino Cardoso said that seven political parties could not pass the threshold needed to take a seat, namely Republican Party (PR) with 4,406 votes (1,02%), PDRT 7,718 votes (1,86%), PDC 4,300 votes (1,03%), UDT 3,753 votes (0,90%), PMD2,878 votes (0,69%), PST 3,982 votes (0,96%) and PNT 10,057 votes (2,42%). (TP)

Alfredo appears in Same

Even though the state has decided to halt the search operation to capture the former Military Commander, Alfredo Reinado Alves and his men, it is obvious that the International Stabilization Forces (ISF) are still tracking him.

When Reinado and his men went to Same to meet with UNPol and PNTL regarding the dialogue, they were surrounded by an ISF helicopter and two cars. Reinado and his men did not panic and said that they had a letter allowing them to be there. (TP)

Ramos-Horta: the clemency law is full of discrimination

In regards to the clemency law approved by the National Parliament, President Jose Ramos- Horta said that the clemency law not only violates the Constitution of East Timor but it is also full of discrimination.

"The clemency law goes against the Constitution of East Timor, because such law only applies to the events of 2006, and does not include the incidents that occurred in 1975 and 1999," said Mr. Horta a few days after visiting Timor Telecom. (TP)

International Media Reports

Seven parties to constitute E.Timor parliament Last Updated 09/07/2007, 19:42:19 ABC Radio AUS

East Timor's election commission says seven parties have won enough votes to secure places in the country's 65-seat parliament.

Fourteen parties contested the parliamentary elections, the first since East Timor won independence in 2002.

But the National Election Commission says seven parties have failed to win the three per cent threshold necessary to take a seat.

It says with redistributed votes the ruling Fretilin party won 21 seats, followed by the National Congress for East Timor's Reconstruction (CNRT), a new party founded by the former president, Xanana Gusmao, with 18 seats.

The commission says according to interim results the Association of Timorese Democrats-Social Democrat Party won 11 seats, trailed by the Democrat Party with eight.

The National Unity party won three seats while the Democratic Alliance and UNDERTIM's each won two.

The CNRT and Association of Timorese Democrats-Social Democrat Party announced on Friday that they had formed a coalition and wished to form government.

But Fretilin has not yet conceded defeat, signalling a possible legal battle ahead.

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES: Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional (DN) Semanario Televisaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)

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