23 September 2011
Former army chief ready to run for presidency
East Timor Legal News 23/09/2011 Source: Radio Timor-Leste September 22, 2011 language source: Tetun -The Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) Commander, Major General Taur Matan Ruak, said he is 100% ready to nominate himself in presidential election next year.
"I am 100% ready to become the next president if I am elected," he said. Ruak affirmed that he will announce his nomination for the presidential election when the time comes.
He also said he still has an ambition to contribute to the country's development of which all the Timorese people are dreaming. He added that his resignation from the defence force was not influenced by any people or groups but was based on his own willingness.
President Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao have recently agreed with Commander Ruak's resignation from his post.