21 August 2008

Legal Reports East Timor National Media 20 August 2008

Falantil Day celebrated- RTL
To commemorate FALINTIL Day celebrated today (20/8), The President of the National Parliament Fernando Lasama appealed to all Timorese citizens to honour the legacy of heroes who had contributed and sacrificed so much for the Independence of the country. A Fretilin MP also appealed to the PNTL and F-FDTL to maintain the integrity of what the heroes had sacrificed for by contributing to the betterment of the country.

AMP rejects ISF presence – Suara Timor Lorosa’e
Some Government MPs have rejected the continuing presence of the International Stabilization Forces (ISF), arguing that the ISF is no longer needed given the increasingly stable security environment. CNRT MP Eduardo Barreto said that he believes its time for the ISF to go. Democratic Party MP Gertrudes Moniz said that it was time to hand over full responsibility of national defense to the national forces. Social Democratic Party MP Fernando Gusmão said that he had full faith in the PNTL and F-FDTL to maintain peace and stability.

President Horta demands respect over budget promulgation fiasco – Timor Post
President Ramos-Horta has demanded that MPs respect him as the Head of State. The President made these remarks in relation to comments made over the recent promulgation fiasco. The President warned MPs that he would retaliate if provoked.

Fretilin accused of fomenting instability – Timor Post
PSD MP Fernando Gusmão has accused Fretilin of fomenting instability through their submission to the Court of Appeals over the constitutionality of the rectified budget. Mr Gusmão said this showed the party has no intention to contribute to the development and stability of the country. In response, Fretilin MP Estanislau da Silva said that Fretilin has always worked to develop the nation and free the people from poverty. Mr da Silva further said that Court of Appeals did not make a decision on the Economic Stabilization Fund, but on the decree law creating the fund.

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