East Timor set to swear in Mari Alkatiri as PM

East Timor set to swear in Mari Alkatiri as PM
From Al Jazeera - September 14, 2017

East Timor, Asia's youngest democracy,is set to swear in Mari Alkatiri for a second stint as prime minister.

President Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterressaid on Thursday in the capital Dili that he expected Alkatiri's swearing-in to be held either later in the day or on Friday.

Alkatiri, the secretary-general of the Fretilin party, was East Timor's first prime minister after independence from Indonesia in 2002.

He stood down in 2006 after a wave of unrest prompted by the sacking of 600 soldiers.

"Today I announce to all the people that the president of the republic ... has nominated Dr Mari Alkatiri to become the prime minister," Guterres said.

He called for people to remain calm and said Alkatiri would form a minority government.

"The most important thing is the politicians need to think about how to maintain government stability in the future and ensure peace," Guterres said.

Stiff challenges

East Timor faces stiff challenges to boost a flagging economy heavily reliant on oil and gas.

Fretilin, or the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor, won the most votes in July's election but failed to get an outright majority.


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