03 June 2012

Parliament unable to amend the land law

East Timor Legal News Source: Radio Timor-Leste, May 29, 2012 language source: Tetun - The National Parliament was not able to amend the Land Law as the number of the MPs did not constitute a quorum, MP Mario Viegas Carrascalao said.

The Land Law could not be amended within 19 days as in reality the numbers of the MPs did not meet the quorum, he said.

"The law has been canceled and will be discussed by the new MPs as so far numbers of MPs has not met with the quorum to amend it," he said.

The Land Law was vetoed by the former President Jose Ramos Horta and was to be sent back to the Parliament for amendment.

MP Aderito Hugo da Costa from CNRT Party said the Law did not benefit the Timorese people as the law itself was special regime of UNTAET which stated that the land which was used by the people belonged to the state.

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