The Council of State is the political advisory body of the President of the Republic and shall be headed by him or herself.

 

The Council of State shall comprise:

 

a) Former Presidents of the Republic who were not removed from office;

b) The Speaker of the National Parliament;

c) The Prime Minister;

d) Five citizens elected by the National Parliament in accordance with the principle of proportional representation and for the period corresponding to the legislative term, provided that they are not members of the organs of sovereignty;

e) Five citizens designated by the President of the Republic for the period corresponding to the term of office of the President, provided that they are not members of the organs of sovereignty.

 

It is incumbent upon the Council of State to:

 

a) Express its opinion on the dissolution of the National Parliament;

b) Express its opinion on the dismissal of the Government;

c) Express its opinion on the declaration of war and the making of peace;

d) Express its opinion on any other cases set out in the Constitution and advise the President of the Republic in the exercise of his or her functions, as requested by the President;

e) To draft its Rules of Procedures.

The meetings of the Council of State shall not be open to the public.

The organisation and functioning of the Council of State shall be established by law.

(In Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, sections 90 and 91)

 

Members of State Council
No Name Held Position /

 Occupations

Category Address
1 Taur Matan Ruak President of CE  President of Republic Presidential Palace
2 Rui Maria de Araújo Member Prime Minister Government Palace
3 Vicente da Silva Guterres Member President of National Parliament National Parliament
4 José Ramos Horta Member  Former President Of Republic Metiaut
5 Sérgio de J.F. da Costa Hornai Member Designated by National Parliament CNE
6 Delfina Fátima da C.Simões Member Designated by National Parliament Taibessi/escola Paulo VI
7 Vidal de Jesus “Riak Leman” Member Designated by National Parliament Raikotu
8 Lurdes Maria A.de J.M. Araújo Member Designated by National Parliament Santa Cruz
9 José Agustinho Sequeira somotxo Member Designated by President of Republic Taibesi
10 Leovigildo da Costa Hornai Member Designated by President of Republic Manleuna
11 Germenino Amaral dos Reis Member Designated by President of Republic Delta 1/NCBA
12 Merita de Jesus Marques Member Designated by President of Republic Fomento
13 Zacarias Albano da Costa Member Designated by President of Republic Delta 1
14 António Cardoso Member Designated by President of Republic UNDIL