29 November 2017

Timorese President guarantees implementation of the constitution in defence of the State's interests

East Timor President Lu-Olo
!WARNING! MACHIINE TRANSLATION ORIGINAL PORTUGUESE TEXT 28 DE NOVEMBRO DE 2017 10:24 Lusa - The President of the Timorese Republic today assured that he will apply the constitution always in defence of the national interest and not the interests of the Government or the opposition, calling for avoiding "useless struggles" that are disadvantageous for the people.

"If the motion is approved - most likely - the government will fall and Lu-Olo will have to choose between a new government solution in the current parliamentary scenario or early elections."

"In recent weeks, many people have invoked the Constitution, especially in political declarations, Dili newspapers and Facebook, to serve their convenience or private interests and partisans," said Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo in Suai in the south of Timor-Leste.

"I understand these attempts, but the President of the Republic can not do the same. When I took office as Head of State, I undertook to fulfill and enforce the Constitution and - to comply with the Constitution - I have to interpret its articles in the service of national interest, not in the interest of any party, neither the government nor the opposition, "he said.

Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo was speaking in Suai, 171 kilometers southwest of Dili, where the official commemorations of the 42nd anniversary of the proclamation of independence of Timor-Leste, a "victory for all citizens of the country", took place today.

The ceremonies took place at a time of great political tension in East Timor after the opposition majority in parliament rejected the government's program for the first time and filed a motion of censure that should be debated in early December.

If the motion is approved - most likely - the government will fall and Lu-Olo will have to choose between a new government solution in the current parliamentary scenario or early elections.

"It is important that everyone, without exception, be restrained and respected when we invoke the Constitution, to protect and defend it, as it guides the State and the people towards this collective destiny of the Motherland," Lu-Olo said.

"The Constitution, as the fundamental law that unites us, should not be lightly invoked, according to the particular convenience of the parties, nor should it ever be used as an instrument of division," he said.

Lu-Olo said in a speech full of historical references and the country's historic leaders, who fought for independence and against Indonesian occupation, inside and outside Timor-Leste, that the Timorese now enjoy the fruits of freedom.

"The brothers and sisters who dared to rise and raise the dignity of the Timorese in 1975 gave voice to the hope of the small and suffering people of this beloved land. We must honor the people's hope - and the citizens' will to make a better future , a better life - in a better country, "he said.

"The State must act with greater balance and with greater justice, I appeal to all, so that we do not disappoint hope, nor squander the opportunity of the people, with useless struggles that do not bring advantage to the people. with principles and values, "he said.

Lu-Olo paid tribute to those who fought inside and outside Timor-Leste to achieve independence, proclaimed in 1975 and restored in May. 2002.


"I bow to the memory of the heroes and martyrs of 1975 and of all those who sacrificed themselves, gave their lives or suffered in the 24 years of the struggle. I bow to the memory of the long-lost Nicolau Lobato, Francisco Xavier do Amaral, Nino Konis Santana and the whole direction of the fight, "he said.

"I welcome the greatness of character and steadfastness of all the leaders of 1975, including my dear brothers Mari Alkatiri and José Ramos-Horta, that God wanted them to remain by our side, helping to guide us and lead the country to front, "he said, recalling their role on the external front," complying with instructions "by Nicolau Lobato and later by Xanana Gusmão.

"I greet from the bottom of my heart my brother Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, who succeeded Nicolau Lobato very brightly. I also greet Ma'Huno Bulerek Karataiano and Nino Konis Santana.And my brother Taur Matan Ruak, who succeeded him in the Command of the FALINTIL "said the head of state.
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