The new coalition of parliamentary majority in Timor-Leste delivered this Tuesday in the Presidency of the Republic a letter confirming the nomination of Xanana Gusmão as Prime Minister of the next government.
The secretary-general of the Democratic Party (PD) – one of the six coalition parties – told Lusa that the nomination is confirmed in a letter delivered this Tuesday to the Presidency of the Republic.
The letter informs the President that the coalition parties' conferences that confirm it were held and in which we also present the nomination of the Prime Minister ”, explained António Conceição. “We also request a new meeting with the President of the Republic. We will wait for the protocol to know when this meeting will take place ”, he added.
Conceição anticipates that in this meeting, and with Xanana Gusmão formally nominated, the President "possibly will want to talk about the shape of the future government". "As for this issue, we already have the prime minister-designate, and he will be in the position to be able to comment on that at the time," he said.
It is recalled that in the past weekend the six parties that integrate the renewed parliamentary majority coalition in Timor-Leste confirmed in party meetings their integration in the alliance that could sustain a new government in the country.
The six political forces – CNRT, PD, KHUNTO, FM, UDT and PUDD – held national conferences to confirm their participation in the alliance, thus fulfilling one of the criteria demanded by the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, on Friday. market.
The Democratic Party (PD) – five deputies – was the first to approve its participation in the new alliance, with Xanana Gusmão's National Congress of Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT), confirmed the same on Saturday.
Kmanek Haburas National Unit Timor Oan (KHUNTO) confirmed its participation in the national congress that took place this weekend. The three smallest parties in the alliance, each with a deputy – Frente Mudança (FM), Democratic Development Unity Party (PUDD) and União Democrática Timor (UDT) – also held similar meetings.
Several of the meetings also confirmed that Xanana Gusmão would be appointed prime minister, something that will only happen after the head of state accepts that the new coalition meets the necessary political and legal requirements.
The party meetings took place after a first meeting of the presidents of the six parties with the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, who said that the coalition parties had to fulfill several criteria, namely what is foreseen in the law of parties politicians. The diploma defines that the creation of coalitions requires that the alliance “be approved by the national congresses or conferences of the political parties that will form them, with concrete indication of the scope and purpose of these coalitions, fronts or movements”.
Timor-Leste has been experiencing a political crisis for several years, aggravated by the lead of the General State Budget (OGE) of 2020, in January, leading to the rupture of the majority coalition that supports the executive.
Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak has been dismissed since February 24 and the head of state has yet to announce whether or not to accept his resignation.