Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 7 January2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Friday, 7 January2005

President Gusmão Opened An Account For Tsunami Victims

President Xanana Gusmão along with Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, President of National Parliament Francisco Guterres “Lu-Olo”, and SRSG Sukehiro Hasegawa yesterday opened an account at BNU bank for citizens of Timor-Leste to contribute towards the Tsunami funds for victims in Aceh, Indonesia. With the account, the President said, it would serve as a gesture for people to demonstrate their solidarity to the victims not only in words but also in concrete actions. (STL)

Mari Alkatiri: Governing a Nation requires broad vision

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri told the media on Thursday after his weekly meeting with President of the Republic that to govern a nation requires broad vision. He thus said that the Government hopes that the people think that its offering of solidarity for the victims of natural disasters such as the recent tsunami was an important gesture. Moreover, Alkatiri said the whole world is aware of Timor-Leste’s participation in assisting the Tsunami victims with the amount of US$ 50,000, adding that such initiatives showed that Timor-Leste was indeed engaged in politics and diplomacy, the world over. (Timor Post)

Lucia Lobato: Fretilin lost local elections in Bobonaro and Oecusse due to lack of trust from the people

In response to Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri’s recent statement saying that PSD (Social Democratic Party) was brainless, PSD Representative Lucia Lobato told the media on Thursday that Fretilin lost the local elections in Bobonaro and Oecusse districts because it had lost the trust from the people. “If I were the Prime Minister, when realising that Fretilin has lost the local elections in two districts, I would make it as a reference for reflection instead of attacking the opposition parties,” Lobato said. Moreover, Lobato said that it would be better for the Prime Minister to change the mechanism of his administration so that they could continue to gain trust from the people. (STL)

Parliamentarians to relocate to districts

President of National Parliament Francisco Guterres “Lu Olo” said that all Parliament members would soon be relocated to districts in accordance with the Parliament’s national plan. During their relocation the members would contact their constituents, and oversee other related work. (STL)

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