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East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta gave assurances on national television that he would return to lead his country, after an Australian newspaper quoted him as saying he may step down.
Dr Ramos-Horta, 58, was flown to Darwin for emergency treatment in February after he was wounded in an assassination attempt, and is recuperating there after being discharged from hospital.
In an interview published on Tuesday, The Australian newspaper quoted the Nobel Peace Prize laureate as saying he may quit before the end of his five-year term.
The comment generated widespread publicity. But later in the day, Dr Ramos-Horta appeared on television in East Timor to assure people he would "go back and continue my role as president."
"The (Australian) journalist asked me if I wanted to resign so I said I would talk to the bishops and listen to the people," he said in an interview broadcast from Darwin.
"At the moment I am not thinking of resigning because many people trust me and I cannot betray their trust.
"If one day I feel I want to resign, I will ask the opinion of the bishops and of the people. I will not make the decision alone."
Dr Ramos-Horta had told The Australian that he was physically well but was less sure about his emotional state, and hinted he may step down before his term finishes.
"I will know only when I get home to my own house, to the site where I was shot, whether I have recovered. I am generally a very sensitive person - but I can also be cold and strong," he told the newspaper.
"I will address the parliament when I return and I will not promise the country that I will serve the full term."
Dr Ramos-Horta was shot outside his residence in the capital of the tiny south-east Asian nation on February 11 by rebels who separately ambushed Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, who survived unhurt.
Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado was killed during the attack on the president's home, but a number of other rebels remain at large.
International forces have been stationed in East Timor since 2006, after a mass desertion by members of the armed forces prompted fighting between military and police factions and street violence that killed at least 37.
terça-feira, abril 08, 2008
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 22:49
Obrigado pela solidariedade, Margarida!
Mensagem inicial - 16 de Maio de 2006
"Apesar de frágil, Timor-Leste é uma jovem democracia em que acreditamos. É o país que escolhemos para viver e trabalhar. Desde dia 28 de Abril muito se tem dito sobre a situação em Timor-Leste. Boatos, rumores, alertas, declarações de países estrangeiros, inocentes ou não, têm servido para transmitir um clima de conflito e insegurança que não corresponde ao que vivemos. Vamos tentar transmitir o que se passa aqui. Não o que ouvimos dizer... "