Dili, 4 February 2015 – H.E. the President of the Republic, Taur Matan Ruak, met at the Presidential Palace, this Tuesday, with the three parties of the coalition formed by CNRT, PD and Frente Mudança; and, on Wednesday, with the oposition party, Fretilin. The Government reshuffle plan and the possible resignation of Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão were discussed during both meetings.
In the first day of meetings, the following parties were represented:
– National Council of Timorese Resistance (Conselho Nacional de Resistência Timorense – CNRT), represented by the party’s Secretary-General, Dionísio Babo, and National Political Committee representative, Francisco Kalbuadi;
– Democratic Party (Partido Democrático – PD), represented by the party’s President, Fernando Lasama de Araújo, and Secretary-General, Mariano Asanami Sabino; and
– Frente Mudança, represented by José Luis Guterres and Secretary-General Jorge da Conceição Teme.
The following day, H.E. the President of the Republic met with the President of Fretilin, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, and its Secretary-General, Mari Alkatiri.
At the end of the first day of meetings, the President of the Democratic Party, Fernando Lasama de Araújo, said that he confirmed the bloc’s reshuffle to the President of the Republic and that they already talked to the Prime Minister. Lasama de Araújo also mentioned that the President of the Republic asked them to continue discussing the matter and expressed his availability to continue to meet with them.
Talking to the press after his meeting with the Head of State, Mari Alkatiri, reaffirmed the need for the President of the Republic to hear all non-Government parties, namely Fretilin, before the new members of Government take office.
The Former Prime Minister of the 1st Constitutional Government also said that Fretilin will continue to ensure peace and stability in Timor-Leste, but supports the reshuffle, advocating a reduction in the number of members of Government.