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Political Party PPT (ex-MPTL)
Partido de Povo de Timor
Partai Rakyat Timor
People’s Party of Timor


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Up-Dated: Sep 22 2001

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Partido do Povo de Timor
Acronym: PPT
C No: 71
Leader: Jacob Xavier
Address: Rallolon / Balide/ Dili
Contact: Tel 0409568325
From: Aug 5 Contact info for ET political parties

April 2001 ACFOA: Walsh: East Timor's Political Party Profiles: PPT  Complete text of report [150KB] added May 22
"PPT was established 7 May 2000 by Erminio da Silva da Costa and has its antecedents in MPTL, Movimento do Povo de Timor Leste or People’s Movement of East Timor. A former APODETI leader, da Costa was number three in the East Timorese militia hierarchy (with Joao da Silva Tavares and Eurico Guterres) and a member of UNTAS, the militia political wing. He has parted company with both, cooperates with UNTAET and recognises the August 30 ballot but is still keen to fight, by political means, to overcome its results. As a pro-integration party, PPT is not a member of CNRT but da Costa backs Xanana Gusmao as future president. PPT appears to have the support of some liurai, but is a minor player. The alliance between Dr Xavier and Erminio da Silva da Costa is unusual given the strong pro-Portugal leanings of the former and the pro-Indonesian sympathies of the latter." Pat Walsh, Human rights consultant, Australian Council for Overseas Aid

Bahasa Indonesia:
Maret 2001 ACFOA: Partai-Partai Dan Kelompok-Kelompok Politik Di Timor Timur: PPT  Téks [150KB] added June 29
"PPT didirikan pada tanggal 7 Mei 2000 oleh Erminio da Silva da Costa dan memiliki sejarahnya pada MPTL, Movimento do Povo de Timor Leste atau Gerakan Masyarakat Timor Timur. Seorang mantan pemimpin APODETI, da Costa menduduki ranking ketiga dalam hirarki milisi di Timor Timur (dengan Joao da Silva Tavares dan Eurico Guterres) dan adalah anggota UNTAS, sayap politik milisi. Da Costa telah memisahkan diri dari kedua organisasi ini, dan telah bekerja sama dengan UNTAET. Dirinya mengakui hasil pemungutan suara 30 Agustus namun masih tetap berkeinginan kuat untuk mengalahkan hasilnya, lewat jalur politik. Sebagai partai yang mendukung integrasi, PPT tidak menjadi anggota CNRT namun da Costa mendukung Xanana Gusmao sebagai presiden yang akan datang. PPT nampaknya memiliki dukungan dari beberapa liurai namun adalah pemain yang minor. Kerja sama antara Dr. Xavier dan Erminio da Costa tidak lazim mengingat Dr. Xavier bersandar penuh pada Portugis dan da Costa adalah simpatisan Indonesia." Pat Walsh, Badan Bantuan Luar Negeri Australia


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