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Political Party PD
Partido Democrático
Partai Demokratik
Democratic Party

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Partai Demokrat/Partido Democratico
Acronym: PD
C No: 75
Leader: Fernando de Araujo Address
Rua Democracia No 1 / Pantai Kelapa / Dili, Timor Loro Sae
Contact: Tel 0419608421/0417880291
From: Aug 5 Contact info for ET political parties

Sep 20 UNTAET: Second Transitional Government of East Timor  List of appointments added Sep 21
Partido Democratico appointments: "Dr. Fernando de Araujo, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Dr. Joao Soares Martins, Vice Minister for Health; Antonio da Conceicao, Advisor on the Development of the Commission on Planning" UNTAET

Sep 20 KY: ETimor announces cabinet lineup  News added Sep 21
"U.N. Transitional Administrator in East Timor Sergio Vieira de Mello, announcing the lineup, said the cabinet has 10 ministers, three secretaries of state and seven vice ministers. It consists of nine representatives from the Revolutionary Front for the Liberation of East Timor (Fretilin), two members of the Democratic Party, Fretilin’s closest rival, and nine members not affiliated with any party. De Mello said they were selected “not on the basis of party nominations but on the basis of their individual competence.” The nine politically independent figures in the cabinet, he said, were chosen “because of their proven sectoral expertise and their demonstrated dedication and patriotism with as broad a geographical representation as was possible.” " Christine T. Tjandraningsih

Sep 13 IFET: Constituent Assembly winners names and parties  List added Sep 13
"National Party Candidates Elected to the Constituent Assembly:
Partido Democrático (PD) 1. Fernando de Araujo 2. Paulo Assis Belo 3. Paulo Alves Sarmento 4. Mariano S. Lopes 5. José da Silva 6. Eusébio Guterres 7. Aquilino R. Fraga Guterres"

Sep 10 UNDP: 24 Women in 88-Seat Constituent Assembly  News added Sep 11
"Results of last week’s elections in East Timor indicate that the territory’s new 88-seat Constituent Assembly will have a total of 24 women members. ... The party with the lowest female representation is the second- placed PD, which elected no women candidates." UNDP

Sep 6 UNTAET: Final Election Results Announced Today In East Timor  Briefing added Sep 7
"Fretilin is the winning party, with 43 seats in the national election, and 12 of the 13 district seats. The 88-member assembly will consist of one representative from each of East Timor’s 13 districts, with the rest of the seats divided on a proportional representation basis. The seat allocation on national seats is as follows:
Frente Revolucionária do Timor-Leste Independente (Fretilin): 57.3 % of the vote, 43 seats; Partido Democrático (PD): 8.7 %, 7 seats; Partido Social Democrata (PSD): 8.1%, 6 seats; Associação Social-Democrata Timorense (ASDT): 7.8 %, 6 seats; ... " UNTAET

Sep 4 WI: On the road to democracy, where the streets have no name  Interview added Sep 13
"We’ll take Fretilin as an example. Many people question why PD does not join the Fretilin. But for PD members, the priority is to democratize the process. We do not want this country to be dominated by just one group. ... When we speak of the (type of) people, in Fretilin there is a tendency towards veteranism. The seniors are considered to have more rights or know more. This is a very patenalistic attitude unwanted by the PDs. ... There is also the question of leadership. We believe in the necessity for a new generation. ... 70% of the top leaders of PD are under 40. You can’t say we’re really youths ... we’re called the post-75 generation." Partido Democratico (PD) leader, Fernando de Araujo

Aug 29 FAETTA: Horta's response to Partido Democrático (PD) advert  Release added Aug 30
"Tomorrow’s vote is not to choose the President and the Vice-President of the Republic, but simply and only to elect the Constituent Assembly. ... Under these circumstances I categorically and unequivocally declare that neither Xanana Gusmao nor myself Ramos-Horta are in the running for the August 30 elections. I therefore encourage every Timorese to vote their conscience, in choosing from the parties and candidates that are actually running for election, and vote for those you trust." Cabinet Member for Foreign Affairs Dr Jose Ramos-Horta

Jul 8 PD: Manifesto & speech of Partido Democratico  Full text added July 12
" ... the Democratic Party, want to remind and appeal to all of you to contribute your strength, knowledge and experience to the political party that you have chosen. The Democratic Party respects your freedom of choice and its doors are wide open to every citizen of Timor Loro Sae. If you want democracy and the new political alternative you are welcome to join PD!" Fernando "La Sama" de Araujo, President of Democratic Party (PD)

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