Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 21 - 23 April 2007

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list ( have been removed.]

Saturday 21 and Monday 23 April 2007



National Media Reports

Oliveira: Sanction Free Access Cards

The Director of Hak Association, Jose Luis Oliveira, reportedly said that the free access cards used by government officials to access the polling centers violates the electoral law. He said that the director of STAE should get this case sanctioned. (TP)

Run-Off Campaign, Horta is off duty

In a press conference on Friday (20/4) at the government palace, Prime Minister, Jose Ramos Horta, stated that he will leave his duties as chief of government from Monday (23/4) to Monday (07/5) in order to campaign for the run-off election.

Vice Prime Minister, Estanislau da Silva will be in charge of Horta's tasks as the Minister of Coordination and Defence Forces. (TP and STL)

A close distance between Fretilin 'Radicals' and Fretilin 'Reformist'

The Coordinator of Fretilin 'Reformist,' Victor da Costa, on Friday (20/4) at the Central Committee of Fretilin (CCF) Comoro, Dili, said that the Fretilin 'Reformists' and Fretilin 'Radicals' who are normally very separate are recently coming together.

Victor met the President of Fretilin, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, and the Secretary-General of Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri, in an atmosphere of friendship.

Fretilin broke into two, Fretilin 'Radicals' and Fretilin 'Reformist' in 2006, when the party held its second National Congress in CCF Comoro, Dili. (TP)

Xanana Uses state power for his politics

The president of the national parliament and presidential candidate, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, said that the President of the Republic, Xanana Gusmão currently does not place himself as a neutral state figure and uses his position of power to influence politics.

"The President of the Republic Xanana is not neutral, he uses power of the state to make politics," said Lu-Olo. (STL)

SOMET recommends PNTL and F-FDTL to be transparent

The spokesperson of the Solidarity Observation Mission in East Timor (SOMET), Catarina Maria, speaking to journalists at a press conference on Thursday (19/4) at the Elections Media Center (EMC) in Dili, observed that there was transparency during the election.

SOMET urged the PNTL and F-FDTL to ensure transparency at the polling centers. (STL)

PST votes for Horta

The President of the Socialist Party of Timorense (PST), Nelson Thomas Correia, said that PST will vote for Ramos Horta in the upcoming run-off presidential election, since Horta will ensure the political obligation of the country.

"Because of such reason we are confident to vote for Horta in the run-off presidential election," said Nelson on Thursday (19/4) at the PST office in Dili. (STL)

The Court of Appeals approved: Lu-Olo and Horta enter 2nd round of elections

The Court of Appeals approved the results of the presidential election last 09 April. The proclamation letter, which was signed by the president of the Court of Appeals, Claudio Ximenes, on Saturday (21/4) said that presidential candidates Jose Ramos Horta and Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo will compete in the run-off presidential election for the reason that they got the top two ranks.

The Court of Appeals approved that presidential candidate Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo is in the first rank with 27, 89% of the votes, followed by Horta with 21,815. (TP)

Horta will reopen the allegation case of weapons distribution

Presidential candidate Jose Ramos Horta pledged that if he is elected he will reopen the case on the distribution of weapons.

Horta said that as President of the Republic he would cooperate with the Prosecutor General and the UN to look into the matter and initiate the investigation. (TP)

Mari Alkatiri welcomes CNRT

At a press conference on Friday (20/4) in Farol Dili, the Secretary-General of Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri, declared that he welcomes CNRT to compete in the upcoming parliamentary elections this year. (DN)

ASDT-PSD-Horta Signing Agreement

Presidential candidate Jose Ramos Horta reportedly, on Saturday (21/4) at the ASDT office in Dili, has signed an agreement with the president of Association Social Democratic Timor (ASDT), Francisco Xavier do Amaral and the president of Social Democratic Party (PSD) Mario Viegas Carrascalão.

As the founder of ASDT and an international figure with the same political principles, the two parties will support Horta to be the president of the republic. (DN, STL and TP)

Claudio Ximenes: Complaints and Reclamation have no Fundamental

The court of appeals officially announced the result of the presidential election on Saturday (21/4).

In answering to the reclamations and complaints which were presented by some candidates, Ximenes said the court of appeals has decided that the complaints and reclamations were unfounded. (DN)

Julião Mausiri: never believe in old leaders

In response to some leaders who used the media to accuse and blame one another, the Commissioner of National Political Commission (NPC) from Democratic Party (PD), Julião Agosto Mausiri, urged people not to believe in old leaders as they have damaged the concept of national unity of the country.

"We reconstructed this nation. Do not give hope to the old leaders. Let the young generation run this country," said Mausiri at the national parliament. (DN)

Mari Alkatiri: Xanana starts to invent things

The Secretary-General of Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri, said that the President of Republic, Xanana Gusmão is inventing policies.

Mari called for Xanana to present evidence to the court before accusing. (DN)

Horta: Arsenio Bano providing rice to Nuno KORKA

Presidential candidate, Jose Ramos Horta, said he was opposed to the attitude of some members of the government, specifically the Minister of Solidarity, Communitarian and Reinsertion, Arsenio Paixão Bano, who provided 30 tons of rice to Nuno, a Korta martial arts leader.

"I have witnesses from UNPol. This attitude has to be investigated," said Horta in a press conference on Saturday (21/4) when signing an accord with ASDT and PSD. (STL)

Xanana: better to obey God than leaders

In a message to all Timorese, the President of the Republic, Xanana Gusmao, said that it was better to obey God rather than leaders who provoke killing each other and damage the youths' future. (STL)

PD concerned about the efforts of the Court of Appeals

The member of national parliament from Democratic Party (PD), Julião Mausiri, said that PD is concerned about the court of appeal's decision.

"The complaint we filed has not yet been examined but the results have been announced," said Mausiri on Friday (204) at the national parliament.

Mausiri said that both presidential candidates Lu-Olo and Horta will go to the run-off because of manipulation. (DN)

Osorio Florindo: who else will Horta bring to invade Timor-Leste

Responding to accusations of Fretilin being communist, the National Parliament member from Fretilin, Osorio Florindo, declared that Jose Ramos Horta was one of the founders of the party. They were blamed to be communists; so Indonesia invaded.

"By saying that Fretilin is communist, he is calling for others to invade Timor-Leste again," Florindo said.

Furthermore, Osorio affirmed that Horta is playing a dirty game. (DN)

Rui Menezes: transparency is essential for the nation

The member of national parliament from Democratic Party (PD), Rui Menezes, speaking to journalists said that both presidential candidates, Lu-Olo and Horta have to declare their well-being to the public and guarantee their transparency in ensuring that no private interests will be involved when either one becomes president of the republic. (DN)

Ramos Horta: "Ready to declare my well-being"

After signing an accord with ASDT and PSD on Saturday (21/4) at the ASDT office in Dili, presidential candidate, Jose Ramos Horta, said that he is ready to openly declare his well-being to the public.

Horta demanded that such declaration should be made not only by the presidential candidates but by all members of the government. (DN)

International Media Reports


Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional Seminario Lia Foun (LF) Televisaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)


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