Dili, 14 July 2016 – On 13 June 2016, the Presidency of the Republic received Parliamentary Decree no. 27/III- Suco Law. This law establishes a set of norms that regulates the organization, duties and operation of the sucos, as well as rules governing the election of the heads of suco in Timor-Leste. The law also comprises a set of provisions on the duties to be performed by the Suco Council and provides that the heads of suco are elected for a renewable mandate of seven years
The Suco Law also regulates the appointment of people undertaking positions of leadership at suco bodies and, in particular, the election of Aldeia Assembly representatives to the Suco Council. The heads of aldeia are elected by the people through the Aldeia Assembly by universal, free, direct, secret and personal suffrage.
His Excellency the President of the Republic, Taur Matan Ruak, enacted the Suco Law on 5 July 2016 and sent it back to National Parliament on the same day.