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"The civil society needs more his time and work rather than the national council. So he wants to continue to bring the people together to really reflect on the constitution so that it can be a legitimate one, reflects the peoples’ wishes, spirit and soul as he puts it, so his time is better used elsewhere rather than in the national council." Agio Pereira

Radio Australia

March 29, 2001

Allies back Gusmao’s decision to quit East Timor assembly

A close ally of East Timorese resistance leader Xanana Gusmao says his decision to resign as President of the territory’s embryonic parliament is permanent.

Mr Gusmao quit the National Council after it failed to approve a law to enable widespread consultations on the development of a national constitution.

He’s also announced he’ll not be contesting the new nation’s first presidential elections.

His colleague Agio Pereira says Mr Gusmao’s time can be better spent outside the Council:
The civil society needs more his time and work rather than the national council. So he wants to continue to bring the people together to really reflect on the constitution so that it can be a legitimate one, reflects the peoples’ wishes, spirit and soul as he puts it, so his time is better used elsewhere rather than in the national council.

(02:49:58 AEST)


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