Subject: LUSA: Parliament approves Ramos Horta government program

01-08-2006 12:42:00. Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-8220584 Temas:

East Timor: Parliament approves Ramos Horta government program

Dili, Aug. 1 (Lusa) - East Timor's parliament overwhelmingly approved newly installed Prime Minister José Ramos Horta's government program Tuesday.

Of the 71 deputies present for the vote, only two lawmakers cast against the program and one abstained.

Ramos Horta explained that his program followed the programmatic lines of his predecessor, Mari Alkatiri, who was forced to resign June 26 amid a wave of violence, and counted primarily on the support of Alkatiri's FRETILIN party parliamentary majority.

A political independent, who was serving as foreign and defense minister, Ramos Horta took office as prime minister July 10 and his cabinet is set to govern through general elections expected next April or May.

He told parliament his government had special concern for the more than 100,000 people displaced by the spiral of violence who remained in improvised camps out of humanitarian need or fear of new violence, despite the presence of an international peacekeeping force in Dili.

The new govermment's budget was expected to be discussed and voted on Aug. 15, parliamentary sources told Lusa.

Ramos Horta informed the legislature that a team of 50 UN experts had arrived in Dili to begin an inquiry into the causes of the violence that erupted in late April, initially pitting security forces factions against each other and then sparking communal gang rampages.

At least 37 people were killed and more than 130,000 displaced in the mayhem of fighting, arson and looting.

Alkatiri is under investigation on allegations of having armed political hit teams during the violence in a case that has led to the indictment of former Interior Minister Rogério Lobato.

SAS/EL.

Lusa

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