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“Regardless of whether the party has its own candidate or not, we have decided that Xanana be Timor Lorosae’s first president when the country becomes independent,” Lu-Olo, General Coordinator of Fretilin

Bahasa Indonesia Headlines ­ Wednesday 14 February 2001

Presidential Issue: Fretilin To Nominate Xanana

Suara Timor Lorosae, Front Page headline

Probably for the first time ever, before the elections, Fretilin has announced its presidential candidate.

In an interview with STL, the General Coordinator of Fretilin, Lu-Olo said Fretilin had already adopted a position that Xanana Gusmao will be chosen by the party to be Timor Lorosae’s first president.

“Regardless of whether the party has its own candidate or not, we have decided that Xanana be Timor Lorosae’s first president when the country becomes independent,” said Lu-Olo.

Now, he said, East Timor must follow the preliminary processes for the forthcoming general election. This, he added, was important to ensure East Timor’s full independence.

“Because of this importance, it is essential that we first think of reconciliation among ourselves,” said Lu-Olo.


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