Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 29 September 2020
The President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, will meet tomorrow, 30 September, with the members of the Council of State and the Superior Council for Defence and Security to discuss the government’s proposal to extend the state of emergency for another 30 days, effective from 5 September until 4 October.
There is no telling when the pandemic will come to an end and the number of positive cases in Timor-Leste’s neighbouring countries – Australia and Indonesia, particularly the province of East Nusa Tenggara with whom Timor-Leste shares a land border – continues to grow. In order to prevent and reduce the opportunities for importing the virus into national territory, and for the country to implement prevention and control measures, the Council of Ministers has approved the renewal of the state of emergency, referring the decision to the President of the Republic.
The state of emergency in Timor-Leste is a measure to prevent and control COVID-19 in order to avoid a public calamity.
The Head of State will hold a meeting with his advisory bodies – the Council of State and the Superior Council of Defence and Security, – thus exercising his competence established by article 85 (g) of the Constitution of the RDTL.
The meeting with the members of the Superior Council of Defence and Security will take place tomorrow at 9.30 a.m. The Council of State will be convening at 11 a.m.
Following consultation with the members of the SCDS and the Council of State, if they agree on declaring a state of emergency, the President of the Republic will submit a request for authorisation to National Parliament. If authorised, it is up to the President of the Republic to declare the renewal of the state of emergency by presidential decree.
All members of both advisory bodies have been summoned.
The Superior Council of Defence and Security is comprised of the President of the Republic Francisco Guterres, Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Taur Matan Ruak, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Maria Adalzija Magno, the Minister of Defence, Filomeno Paixão, the Minister of Justice, Manuel Cárceres, the General Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Lere Anan Timur, police commissioner Faustino da Costa, and the director general of the National Intelligence Service, Manuel Serrano. The Council also includes Aderito Hugo da Costa, David Dias Ximenes and Abel Pires da Silva, appointed by the National Parliament, and José Manuel Fernandes Nakfilak and Cristina da Silva General, appointed by the President of the Republic.
The Council of State is currently comprised of the following members: President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, former President of the Republic Xanana Gusmão, former President of the Republic José Ramos-Horta, former President of the Republic and current Prime Minister General Taur Matan Ruak and the president of National Parliament Aniceto Longuinhos Guterres Lopes. The list of members includes also Oscar Lima, Alcino de Araújo Barris, Maria Dadi Soares Magno, Laura Soares Abrantes and Faustino da Costa, appointed by the President of the Republic, and Eduardo de Deus Dusae, Aurora Ximenes, José Cornelio Guterres, Árcangelo de Jesus Gouveia Leite and José dos Santos Naimori Bucar, appointed by National Parliament.