13 September 2018

Prime-Minister Taur Matan Ruak

ETLJB East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin Warren Leslie Wright
Taur Matan Ruak
Prime-Minister Taur Matan Ruak - The Prime Minister has his own competencies and those delegated to him by the Council of Ministers, in accordance with the Constitution and the law.

It is the responsibility of the Prime Minister

  • to head the Government and to preside over the Council of Ministers; 
  • to direct and guide the general policy of the Government and all the governmental action; 
  • to represent the Government and the Council of Ministers in their relations with the President of the Republic and the National Parliament; 
  • to coordinate the integrated national security system; 
  • to guide the general policy of the Government in the areas of defense, security and national intelligence; 
  • to guide the Government's general policy in its external relations and to represent the Government before the international community; 
  • to guide the Government's general policy in the area of ​​financial management, including the banking sector, the tax system and the investment of the Petroleum Fund; 
  • to exercise powers of tutelage over Oe-Cusse Ambeno Special Administrative Region and Oe-Cusse Ambeno and Ataúro's Special Zones of Social Market Economy; 
  • to manage the government's information technology system and ensure the provision of its services, as well as to implement computer systems in the national territory, in conjunction with the competent Government Departments; 
  • to promote the institutional strengthening of the State; 
  • to promote inclusion policies and support for women’s entrepreneurship; and 
  • to exercise other powers provided for in the Constitution and in law and not attributed to other members of the Government.

As the head of the Government, the Prime Minister has the power to issue directives to any member of the Government and to make decisions on matters included in the areas under any Ministry or Secretariat of State, as well as to create eventual or permanent committees or working groups on matters that are the responsibility of the Government.

The Prime Minister presides over the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the government department whose mission is to support the Council of Ministers and other members of the Government, as well as to promote the coordination of the various governmental departments.

In direct dependence of the Prime Minister are the following services and organisms: Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion; National Intelligence Service; Inter-ministerial Security Committee; Integrated Crisis Management Center; Civil Service Commission; AMRT - Timorese Resistance Archive and Museum; Centro Nacional Chega, I.P .; Agency of Information and Communication Technology, l.P. - ICT TIMOR; Office of Support to Civil Society; General Inspection of the State; National Institute of Public Administration; Interministerial Council for Fiscal Reform.

In his absences or impediments, the Prime Minister shall be replaced by the Minister of State, by the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs or by the next member of the Government, in accordance with the order of precedence established in article 3.0 of Decree-Law No. 14/2018 that approves the organic structure of the Eight Constitutional Government.

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