Timor president swears in state
From correspondents in Dili
October 15, 2007 06:37pm
EAST Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta has sworn in the country's State
Council, saying the advisory body faced the challenge of restoring stability
to the young nation.
Speaking in Portuguese, one of the country's two official languages,
Ramos-Horta said there were "many priorities which will soon have to be on
the agenda of the state advisors.''
"We need to restore stability and guarantee security and peace,'' he told
the council, which provides advice to the President when asked, and has the
constitutional authority to announce the dissolution of the parliament or
government and declare war.
Its 12 members include Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, House Speaker Fernando
de Araujo, former health minister Rui Araujo, and former house speaker
Fransisco Xavier do Amaral. Five members of the council are directly chosen
by the President.
"Looking to the future, this council will work to advise the president when
needed and will accord its attention... and make use of its competence to
guarantee stability for Timor Leste,'' Mr Araujo said after the ceremony.
One member of the council, Merita de Jesus-Marques, did not attend the
ceremony. No reason was given for her absence.
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