03 March 2011

Alkatiri calls on political leaders to respect the constitution

Mari Alkatiri, Conceptor of FRETILIN
Televizaun Timor-Leste, February 18, 2011 language source: Tetun - The former Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, has called on political leaders who are currently working within Government institutions to abide by and respect the constitution as it is part of strengthening national unity among the people.

Alkatiri said that it is important for all political leaders to respect the competence of each institution of the Government, adding that a lack of respect for the competence and roles of another institution will have a negative impact on the people and the country.

He added that respecting RDTL's constitution means respecting the competence of each institution in carrying out their work in the field when serving the people.

"The most important thing is that all the people should respect the RDTL constitution. All people should respect the law, because if we talking about the  constitution then it means that we are talking about the separation of powers, where the President of Republic, Parliament, Government and the Courts have their own competence," Alkatiri said.

He added that, "If all people respect the competence of each state body then it will easy for the leaders of the state to strengthen national unity in the country."

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