09 November 2009

Cova Lima, East Timor: Political conflict can lead to consitutional crisis

Thursday, October 1st, 2009 @ 14:18 UTC by Keta Haluha Excerpt Full article - The isolated district of Cova Lima, Timor-Leste has produced two major stories last month. While one is headline news in the English and Tetun speaking press, the other has received little attention beyond Tetun print and web media. Citing various web sources, GV author Keta Haluha provides a lucid introduction to the brewing political conflict in Cova Lima.

The isolated district of Cova Lima, Timor-Leste has produced two remarkable stories in the last month. Both involving Timorese men with a violent political background supporting Indonesia's invasion, occupation and subsequent integration of Timor-Leste in 1975. Both stories, set in the present, involve President Jose Ramos-Horta. While one is headline news in the English and Tetun speaking press, the other has received little attention beyond Tetun print and web media.

On 23 September 2009 a prominent former pro-autonomy leader from the Timorese southern coastal district of Cova Lima made a stunning revelation in Dili District court during the trial of those accused of shooting President Jose Ramos-Horta, and attacking Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao on 8 February 2008. Rui Teixeira Lopes admitted to providing now deceased, rebel leader Major Reinado, and the man that lead the attack on Horta, with uniforms procured in Indonesia. Read the full text here

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