Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, April 17, 2024

In a regular meeting between President J. Ramos-Horta and the President of the National Parliament of Timor-Leste, Fernanda Lay, the two leaders discussed the proposed changes to the Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC) law.

According to Fernanda Lay, the government has made an urgent request to modify the law in two key areas. The new law would allow the Parliament to select CAC commissioners if there is no consensus on appointments, and the modifications would take away some of the current competencies of the CAC.

“The government has submitted an urgent request to the Parliament to make changes to the anti-corruption law,” Fernanda Lay told journalists after the meeting. “We expect the Parliament to approve it as early as next week.”

The potential modifications to the CAC law are part of the broader efforts by the Timorese government to strengthen its anti-corruption framework.

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