23 March 2010

New Internal Security Act in Timor-Leste

Despite tardiness, Internal Security Act passes the Parliament Televizaun Timor-Leste March 17, 2010 language source: Tetun - Timor-Leste’s internal security act ws approved by the National Parliament on Tuesday with 36 votes in favor though almost half of the deputies were late to get back to the plenary after their lunch-break.

The act will define the traditional separation of defence and security areas of intervention with its existing structures to deal with internal security issues in the country.

Seeing the tardiness of the deputies, the Speaker of the National Parliament, Fernando Lasama de Araujo said that the MPs are not disciplined enough and therefore he asked the media to help identify those irresponsible deputies.

After the quorum was met, the discussion went on and then proceeded to voting in which 36 voted in favor of the law with no vote against or abstain.

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