Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 31 July


(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)

MAFF Minister denies allegations of giving hand tractors to PD members- Suara Timor Lorosae

The Minister of Agriculture Mariano Asanami Sabino has denied claims he had given hand tractors to PD members in Oequese. Mr Sabino said: "These allegations are false. There are lots of hand tractor being delivered to Oequese and the process of receiving the tractors is not determined by me. However, Fretilin MP Arsenio Bano confirmed that he had received information from Oequese that the hand tractors had in fact been provided to the PD members.

Xanana: we are ready for development- Suara Timor Lorosae

The Prime Minister has expressed his gratitude to all MPs who approved the $700 million funds in the new budget for national development: 36 MPs voted in favour, 21 MPs against and four MPs abstained.

PM promises not to use fund if declared unconstitutional-Diario Nacional

In relation to the petition submitted to the Court of Appeals by Fretilin, KOTA and PPT against the plans to use the Economic Stabilisation Fund, the Prime Minister has said that he would not use the fund if the Courts deemed it an unconstitutional act.

Fretilin promises no more instability in Timor Leste- Diario Nacional

The former Minister of Agriculture Estanislau Aleixo da Silva yesterday said he did not believe the country would face instability as it had in 2006 as the people responsible for the former instability were now in government. "Some of them are Ministers and State Secretaries. Others are Deputy MPs. So, I do believe that there will not be any instability in the near future," said Mr Estanislau.

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


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