Beloved people of Timor-Leste!
I am addressing you at moment of particular importance to all of us. I trust that we will, together, face yet another challenge and overcome it.
Your courage and determination were the ink that wrote the most beautiful pages of our History.
It was the sacrifice of thousands and thousands of anonymous heroes that paved the way to our independence. Indeed, an age-old dream became reality.
In restoring our independence, our Magna Carta – the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste – enshrined the right of our people to modernity and development. It was imperative to get rid of stagnation and misery. It enshrined the right to build a democratic state where the rule of law prevails.
Our people have the right to democracy and to actively participate in the development of the country.
Our people were called to the polls to elect the Members of the National Parliament and committed themselves in electing candidates from five (5) political parties from among more than a dozen competing parties.
The people did not give an absolute majority to any of the parties; this was a message that we can interpret as an invitation to party leaders, who have elected MPs, to commit themselves to deepening democracy, to agree on political proposals and to better serve the interest of the people.
The essence of democracy lies in our ability to listen to others, to find, with the participation and involvement of all, the best solutions to the problems that our people face in their daily lives.
Consensus is not imposed unto others; likewise, truth or solutions to problems are not the monopoly of a single person or a single party.
Diversity is characteristic of our people, of our culture. In it, lies our wealth, our identity as a people and as a Nation. It is against democracy to force everyone to think and act in the same way as if they were deprived of their right to freedom.
Congratulations to the beloved people of Timor-Leste, who were able to convey a clear message through the vote, pointing to the need to deepen democracy.
However, the message was not properly interpreted by our politicians. And instead of holding a serene dialogue, in respect for the will of the people, we watch them turn their backs to each other.
It’s time for us to hold hands!
We cannot extend this situation, which has already become a serious institutional crisis.
Beloved people of Timor-Leste,
Our Magna Carta clearly determines that political power lies in the people and is exercised according to the terms of the Constitution. This is the political-constitutional principle that guides our democratic State where the rule of law prevails.
Together, we will guarantee peace and stability; and harmony and solidarity amongst all of us.
We achieved independence, democracy and peace.
We will not relinquish them.
Together, we will build Timor-Leste and guarantee peace and development to all.
The President of the Republic trusts the People, as the People trusted the President of RDTL. I am convinced that the People should be called to vote once again in order to help to overcome the challenge that our young democracy is facing.
The President calls on the entire People to Vote in early parliamentary elections.
Let’s all, Vote for the reinforcement of democracy, for the rule of law!
The President of the Republic, in the use of his powers, provided for in section 86 f) of the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, DECREES the dissolution of the National Parliament and convenes early parliamentary elections.
In accordance to the law, respecting the procedure, the President of the Republic will announce the date for the early parliamentary elections.
LONG LIVE TIMOR-LESTE, FREE AND INDEPENDENT!
LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY!
LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE OF TIMOR-LESTE!