07 July 2009

Jose Luis Guterres acts as Prime Minister while Gusmao seeks medical treatment in Singapore


Dili - July 7, 2009

Statement By The Spokesperson of the IV Constitutional Government,

The Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers July 7, 2009

The Prime Minister, His Excellency Xanana Gusmao, will leave for Singapore this morning (July 7, 2009) to receive specialist medical treatment for a chronic back injury he has suffered since the time of the guerrilla struggle.

This pain emerged when he was in the United Nations for the glorifying day of accession to full membership of the United Nations in 2002, when he required a wheelchair.

The same injury was exacerbated recently after a long car trip on a Government working visit to the enclave district of Oe-Cusse Ambeno.

Timorese medical doctors have strongly advised that Prime Minister Gusmão depart to Singapore to undergo a thorough medical evaluation and receive applicable treatment.

The Acting Prime Minister, for the duration of the Prime Minister’s treatment in Singapore, will be The Vice Prime Minister, His Excellency Jose Luis Guterres.

The Secretary of State of the Council of Ministers and Official Spokesman of the IV Constitutional Government, Agio Pereira will provide updates on Prime Minister Gusmao's progress. ENDS
For More Information Please Contact: Ágio Pereira +670 723 0011; E-mail:
Image added by ETLJB: Senhor Jose Luis Guterres, Acting Prime Minister of East Timor

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