April 12, 2008
EAST Timor's President Jose Ramos-Horta will return to the tiny country next week for the first time since he was gunned down outside his Dili home.
The Nobel Laureate was evacuated to Darwin on February 11 after he was shot by armed intruders, many of whom are still on the run.
East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao escaped uninjured from an attack on his convoy a short time later.
The president's office today confirmed he would return to East Timor next week.
"After 65 days of medical treatment in Darwin, Australia, following the incident on February 11th, President Dr Jose Ramos-Horta will return to Timor-Leste on 17th April,'' it said in a statement.
Mr Ramos-Horta, 58, is recovering in a private house in Darwin, following his release from hospital.
He plans to hold a press conference immediately on his return, and also plans to attend Sunday Mass and address the national parliament.
His return comes after speculation he was preparing to quit the presidency, which was later rejected by his office.
Mr Ramos-Horta took over as East Timor's prime minister amid a wave of violence in 2006 which killed 37 and forced thousands to flee their homes for refugee camps.
He was elevated to the presidency of East Timor in a landslide election win a year ago, and has been key in efforts to stabilise and develop the tiny nation.
domingo, abril 13, 2008
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 03:52
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... "