East Timor leader Ramos-Horta tells UN to stop investigation into 1999 killings

Reports today in the Australian press state that “East Timor president Jose Ramos-Horta has said he wants the United Nations to drop its investigation into bloodshed surrounding a 1999 independence vote from Indonesia. Leaders in East Timor and Indonesia said in July that the issue was closed after expressing regret at the findings of a [&hel...

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UPDATE: Jose Ramos Horta recovering, but still in intensive care

…And the UN Security Council extended the mandate, on Monday, of the UN Integrated Mission in East Timor (UNMIT) for another full year, as UNMIT announced in Dili the surrender of one a wanted fugitive, apparently “a follower of Alfredo Reinado, the opposition leader who was killed during the attack on President Jose Ramos-Horta” ...

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Jose (Ramos Horta) is hanging in there

The President of East Timor is down — but not out.  He is hanging in there, after taking three apparently high-speed bullets. The Agence France Press (AFP) news agency reported that “Ramos-Horta was in a serious but stable condition after emergency overnight surgery for bullet wounds, according to his doctors in the Australian city of [...

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Jose Ramos Horta shot

Shock. Jose Ramos Horta is not the kind of guy who gets shot — even if he was a member of a liberation movement in exile, and is now the second elected President of recently-independent but still troubled East Timor. He is gentle, conciliatory (mostly), and determinedly non-violent. But apparently about 12 hours ago, he […]

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Post-election violence erupts in East Timor

Jose Ramos-Horta, East Timor’s newly installed and second president, has today accused police of shooting two activists in the new political party to which he belongs – the National Congress of Reconstruction of Timor. This party is headed by Timorese liberation struggle leader Xanana Gusmao, who is now running in elections set for 30 J...

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Jose Ramos Horta to be sworn in as Timorese president on Sunday

The newly-elected President of East Timor, Jose Ramos-Horta, is to be sworn into office on Sunday, but there has been a resurgence of politically-linked violence over the past 24 hours in the Timorese capital city, Dili, the UN reports. The fighting, which included rock-throwing and arson, occurred Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning between two ...

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East Timor: the winner is the guy in the Jesus t-shirt

Jose Ramos Horta has been proclaimed the winner of the presidential run-off election in East Timor. Agence France Presse is reporting that Ramos-Horta, the current Prime Minister and Defense Minister of East Timor, is “Holding an unassailable lead with 73 percent of the votes and 90 percent of the ballots counted”, but that “he wo...

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East Timor holds run-off Presidential election

Vote counting has already begun, and results may be known by Friday. UN officials sent ballot materials to polling stations by helicopter the day before. The Associated Press’s Zakki Hakim is reporting that “More than 524,000 people are eligible to vote in the polls, which pit Nobel prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta against Francisco ‘...

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