06 March 2011

Emilia Pires to assume post of Deputy PM for Social Issues temporarily

Timor Post, March 2, 2011 language source: Tetun - Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has decided to replace Jose Luis Guterres temporarily from his post of his Deputy for Social Issues so that he can be testify in court. 

He will be replaced by Emilia Pires. Prime Minister Gusmao sent an official letter to President Jose Ramos Horta, the Parliament President Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo, the United Nations Special Representative to Timor-Leste, and other Government’s officials about his initiative to nominate Finance and Planing Minister Emilia Pires to substitute Deputy PM Guterres.

The letter was sent by PM Gusmao on February 28 from Havana, Cuba. It was stated in the letter that PM Gusmao asked President Jose Ramos Horta to substitute Deputy PM Guterres with Minister Emilia Pires temporarily, because Guterres will face court today.

MP Fernanda Borges from the National Unity Party (PUN) took an action to respond to the letter of PM Gusmao saying that PM Gusmao had not suspended Guterres but just substitute him temporarily with Minister Emilia Pires.

Parliament President Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo, said that PM Gusmao decided to substitute Guterres, because Guterres will appear in the court in March 2, 2011 to be tried.

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