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Bahasa Indonesia Headlines ­ Tuesday 6 March, 2001

Suara Timor Lorosae

Xanana Gusmao: “I’m Not Dreaming To Be The First President of Timor Lorosae”

Front Page headline

The President of CNRT/CN stressed on Saturday that he had no dreams of becoming the first president of Timor Lorosae. According to Xanana, in order to lead the new country the first president had to be “fast and clever”.

“I don’t have dreams of becoming first president. The incoming president will be chosen by the party that wins the general election,” said Xanana when he answered questions at the CPD-RDTL Congress in Dili.

In a calm manner, Xanana said criticism has been heaped upon him in connection with the change of name of Falintil to FDTL (National Defense Forces), the recruitment of FDTL forces, and the presence of CNRT in the country’s political system.

Xanana told the CPD-RDTL Congress that he had relinquished his Falintil commander-in-chief position to Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak, who is now FDTL Commander.

Answering questions on Falintil’s involvement in business, Xanana said: “Most of the big businesses are fixing prices and making things expensive for the smaller people. So Falintil will sell things at lower prices and make them affordable for the poor.”

Suara Timor Lorosae

Xanana And The Lives Of The Timorese People

editorial, Page 5

“When still a leader, Xanana was always put on a high pedestal and portrayed as a saviour who would overcome all the problems Timor Lorosae is facing. Many East Timorese think Xanana is like a Jesus who would deliver them from their problems.

But Xanana is not Jesus. Xanana is an ordinary man like all of us and cannot work miracles. He too has his own human limitations.

But we must learn from Xanana advice. He has stressed that Timor Lorosae must be a respected country free from external threats and violence.

Xanana, at the moment, is an informal leader who is in no position to make political decisions that will bind the people.”

See also:

Feb 23 ST: Xanana has opportunity to be Timor Lorosae president  News from WTimor
"For years the people of Timor Leste experienced and felt a harsh leadership style that frightened them. Now they are free, so they need a figure like Xanana who will give them back their freedom that has disappeared for so long." Santino O. Baros, manager, HMTOP NGO (Uniting Timor Lorosae Intellectuals for Development)

Feb 14 STL: Presidential Issue: Fretilin To Nominate Xanana  News from ETimor
“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

Feb 12 FRETILIN: Open Letter to CNRT's President  Letter
"I believe that the FRETILIN is ready to rule our country  and  it is necessary, by my opinion, that the Timorese people elect their constituent assembly made-up of all Timorese political parties. Our people need a super-parties man, and you can play this role, as well as Nelson Mandela did  in South Africa. The discussion between the political parties is positive : you have the prestige and the authority to enforce the rules of the Carta Magna." David Dias Quintas Corona, FRETILIN'S Rep. for Italy

Feb 1 Xanana: Address at Transition Ceremony Of Falintil  Speech
"During the most difficult period of the resistance struggle, when our faith in victory was at its lowest, I made an oath to those who had been killed and before the handful of men who believed in me, that I would never accept any reward for I was only working in the service of an ideal shared by us all, nor would I ever foster ambition for an office or position, for I was not struggling for that reason. I hereby declare that I will abide by this sacred oath made to the guerrilla fighters, to those who died and to those who survived and that I will keep the promise recently made to the CNRT/CN cadres! ... My capacity is extremely limited and I urge you all not to overvalue attributes that I do not even possess. I am and will continue to be aware of my responsibility as a common citizen, equal to every other citizen, and will not change in my decision to not participate in the future political life of the country."  Xanana Gusmao, President, CNRT/CN

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