Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 22/05/07

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

Tuesday, 22 May 2007



National Media Reports

Political parties should act upon the alteration law of electoral

The members of national parliament from KOTA, Manuel Tilman said that the alteration of electoral law article 67 will be obeyed by all the political parties and any complaints will have to be investigated.

Speaking to journalists on Monday in the national parliament, Mr. Tilman said that such articles, especially about the neutrality of administration indicate that all public officers and directors have to be neutral.

Mr. Tilman also stated that all political parties have to act upon such electoral law morally. (STL)

Horta is asked to stabilize the national unity

In response to Jose Ramos Horta’s first presidential speech. the member of national parliament from ruling party Fretilin, Joaquim dos Santos said on Monday (21/5) that the new President has to show worldwide that he is the symbol of the state that can guarantee national unity and the function of democratic institutions. (STL)

Xanana Hands over the key of Palacio das Cinzas

Former president of republic Kayrala Xanana Gusmão handed the key of Palacio das Cinzas over to the new president of republic Jose Manuel Ramos Horta on Monday (21/5).

It is the symbol of handing the role of president republic over Horta to commence his duty in Palacio das Cinzas as the president of republic Timor Leste. (DN, TP and STL)

Xanana becomes the president of CNRT

Ex president of republic Kayrala Xanana Gusmão officially was sworn in as the president of the CNRT on Sunday (20/5) by the president of political Committee of CNRT Virgilio Smith.

After the swearing in the president of CNRT Xanana Gusmão said that if people give confidence for such political party in upcoming legislative election, he will combat the corruption, collusion and nepotism in this new born country. (DN)

Antonio Ximenes: “Horta’s speech is discriminative”

The president of Christian Democratic Party (PDC), Antonio Ximenes reportedly said that the first speech of president of republic Jose Ramos Horta in national parliament is discriminative because Horta mentioned three chiefs of catholic church namely, Pope Bento XVI in Roma and two others from the Bishop of Dili; diocese Dom Alberto Ricardo da Silva and Bishop of Baucau diocese Dom Basilio do Nascimento.

He revealed that Horta was elected by the people of Timor Leste not the leaders of the church. (DN)

Horta: “Alfredo does not need to be afraid of submitting himself”

The president of republic Jose Manuel Ramos Horta has called on Alfredo Reinado not to be afraid of the judicial process.

Horta said that security will be guaranteed by the state to prepare dialogue to achieve any solution problems faced by him. (DN)

PD has no criminal militants

In relation to the clash in Hudi Laran, the information said that the conflict was done by the militants from Democratic Party (PD).

In response to such information, the spokesperson of PD, Rui Menezes said on Friday (18/5) in national parliament that Pd has no criminal militants and sympathizers.

Furthermore Menezes added that PD only has the militants who obey the rules of PD of peace and stability to contribute this tiny nation. (DN)

CPD-RDTL will collaborate with Horta

The president of the republic Jose Ramos Horta has received a letter of congratulation from CPD-RDTL last Thursday (17/5).

The letter mentioned that CPD-RDTL will collaborate with new president of republic Jose Ramos Horta in the country. (DN)

Parliamentary campaign, people concern about security

Populations have not been secured in relation with the clash on Sunday (20/5) in ASDT office Lecidere Dili.

Many people told DN that they are concerned about the security in participating in the upcoming legislative campaign. (DN)

Horta: “as the chief of state, I should not contact Alfredo”

The president of republic Jose Ramos Horta reportedly said that as the President, it is not his role to contact Alfredo Reinado Alves.

“As a chief of state I should not contact with Reinado, however it should be done by the president of the court of appeal, bishops and Reinado’s lawyer,” said Horta.

Horta added that if Alfredo wants to contribute to justice he should respond to the letter of ex president republic Kayrala Xanana Gusmão. (DN)

PD will not make any coalition with other parties

At a swearing ceremony for the members of Democratic Party (PD) on Saturday (19/5) in Baucau villa, the national political commissioner from PD, Luis Pinto said that the Democratic Party will not make any coalition with other political parties in the upcoming legislative election on 30 June.

He revealed that this message is given by the president of PD, Fernando de Araujo Lasama in Dili. (TP)

Alfredo’s letter is prioritized in the 1st meeting of PR and Government

The letter from Alfredo Reinado Alves will be a priority in the first meeting between president of republic Jose Ramos Horta and the Prime Minister Estanislau da Silva.

The meeting between the president of the republic and government was held today (22/5) in Palacio das Cinzas Caicoli Dili.

“Tomorrow we will held a meeting with prime minister Estanislau da Silva and his vice Rui Maria de Araujo to discuss and response Alfredo’s letter and residence,” said Horta. (TP)

Alfredo’s lawyer is threaten

The lawyer of Alfredo Reinado Alves, Benevides Correia Barros reportedly said for the past two months he has felt threatened by some groups.

Mr. Benevides suspected that such action related to the case of Alfredo Reinado including his declaration which published in newspapers about the group of “Maputo”.

He added that even if he has not identified such group, he will seek the way and presenting to the public minister for any security guaranteed. (TP)

International Media Reports

Rival groups clash in East Timor

Sunday, 20 May 2007

One person was killed after stone-throwing groups clashed in the East Timor capital.

Police fired tear gas and warning shots to try and disperse the groups after they turned their attacks on United Nations police vehicles, according to reports.

The fighting erupted just hours after Jose Ramos-Horta was sworn in as president of the tiny nation in a ceremony at the nearby parliament house.

The fighting was between youths from the east of the country supporting the ruling Fretilin party and supporters of a small political party supporting Ramos-Horta.

The UN police fired tear gas after they moved in to make arrests enraging the rival groups who started pelting the police vans with stones.

More than 40 people were arrested during the unrest.

Ramos-Horta defeated the Fretilin candidate in a landslide in the May 9 presidential election.

He had implored the nation's youth during his inauguration speech to end street violence that has been flaring since deadly unrest erupted in East Timor last year.

UN police and foreign peacekeeping troops have been attempting to restore security in the troubled nation since unrest in May last year that left 37 people dead and forced thousands to flee their homes.

The RTE News

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