Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 27 July 2020
In a meeting with President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, the Timorese Association of Former Members of Parliament suggested that the Head of State officially recognises the 88 members of the Constituent Assembly who were tasked with drafting the Constitution of the RDTL.
On this occasion, the President of the Republic gave his assurance that he will take the proposal into consideration, but he also pointed out the importance of providing legal basis for the recognition.
The president of the Timorese Association of Former Members of Parliament, José Nominando Martins ‘Buras’, asked the Head of State to consider the proposal and explained that a hearing was requested by the association due to the fact that he was president of National Parliament of the First Legislature in addition to his term as president of the Constituent Assembly.
President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo took the opportunity to call on former members of parliament and the National Parliament to work together and establish a commission tasked with writing down the facts, values and intentions behind the drafting of the Constitution of the RDTL from the very beginning so that future generations are able to correctly interpret the constitution.
The Timorese Association of Former Members of Parliament also expressed concern over the destruction of the parliamentary table as it has remarkable historical value because it was at that very same table that the 88 members of parliament signed the Constitution of the RDTL.
The 88 members of the Constituent Assembly representing twelve political parties were elected on 3 August 2001 to write the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. The Constituent Assembly was then transformed into a parliament with 88 members in the First Legislature.