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    East Timor Government - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/east_timor/east_timor_government.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name
      conventional long form: Democratic Republic of East Timor
      conventional short form: East Timor
      local short form: Timor Lorosa'e [Tetum]; Timor-Leste [Portuguese]
      former: Portuguese Timor
      local long form: Republika Demokratika Timor Lorosa'e [Tetum]; Republica Democratica de Timor-Leste [Portuguese]

      Government type republic

      Capital Dili

      Administrative divisions 13 administrative districts; Aileu, Ainaro, Baucau, Bobonaro (Maliana), Cova-Lima (Suai), Dili, Ermera, Lautem (Los Palos), Liquica, Manatuto, Manufahi (Same), Oecussi (Ambeno), Viqueque

      Independence 28 November 1975 (date of proclamation of independence from Portugal); note - 20 May 2002 is the official date of international recognition of East Timor's independence from Indonesia

      National holiday Independence Day, 28 November (1975)

      Constitution 22 March 2002 (based on the Portuguese model)

      Legal system NA

      Suffrage 17 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Jose Alexander GUSMAO (since 20 May 2002); note - the president plays a largely symbolic role but is able to veto some legislation
      head of government: Prime Minister Mari Bin Amude ALKATIRI (since 20 May 2002)
      cabinet: Council of State
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 14 April 2002 (next to be held NA April 2007); following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the president
      election results: Jose Alexander GUSMAO elected president; percent of vote - Jose Alexander GUSMAO 82.7%, Francisco Xavier do Amaral 17.3%

      Legislative branch unicameral National Parliament (number of seats can vary, minimum requirement of 52 and a maximum of 65 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms); note - for its first term of office, the National Parliament is comprised of 88 members on an exceptional basis
      elections: last held 30 August 2001 (next to be held NA August 2006)
      election results: percent of vote by party - FRETILIN 57.37%, PD 8.72%, PSD 8.18%, ASDT 7.84%, UDT 2.36%, PNT 2.21%, KOTA 2.13%, PPT 2.01%, PDC 1.98%, PST 1.78%, independents/other 5.42%; seats by party - FRETILIN 55, PD 7, PSD 6, ASDT 6, PDC 2, UDT 2, KOTA 2, PNT 2, PPT 2, UDC/PDC 1, PST 1, PL 1, independent 1

      Judicial branch Supreme Court of Justice, one judge appointed by the National Parliament and the rest appointed by the Superior Council for the Judiciary

      Political parties and leaders Associacao Social-Democrata Timorense or ASDT [Francisco Xavier do AMARAL]; Christian Democratic Party of Timor or PDC [Antonio XIMENES]; Christian Democratic Union of Timor or UDC [Vicente da Silva GUTERRES]; Democratic Pary or PD [Fernando de ARAUJO]; Maubere Democratic Party or PDM [leader NA]; People's Party of Timor or PPT [Jacob XAVIER]; Revolutionary Front of Independent East Timor or FRETILIN [Lu OLO]; Social Democrat Party of East Timor or PSD [Mario CARRASCALAO]; Socialist Party of Timor or PST [leader NA]; Sons of the Mountain Warriors (also known as Association of Timorese Heroes) or KOTA [Clementino dos Reis AMARAL]; Timor Democratic Union or UDT [Joao CARRASCALAO]; Timor Labor Party or TRABALHISTA [Paulo Freitas DA SILVA]; Timorese Nationalist Party or PNT [Abilio ARAUJO]; Timorese Popular Democratic Association or APODETI [Frederico Almeida Santos COSTA]

      Political pressure groups and leaders NA

      International organization participation IBRD, IMF
      note: UN membership is expected in September

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Constancio PINTO
      chancery: NA
      consulate(s) general: NA
      FAX: NA
      telephone: NA

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant)
      embassy: Farol district, Dili
      mailing address: NA
      telephone: (670) 390 324 684
      FAX: (670) 390 313 206

      Flag description red, with a black isosceles triangle (based on the hoist side) superimposed on a slightly longer yellow arrowhead that extends to the center of the flag; there is a white star in the center of the black triangle

      NOTE: The information regarding East Timor on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of East Timor Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about East Timor Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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