Fernando de Araújo (East Timorese politician)
|Fernando de Araújo
|President of East Timor
13 February 2008 – 17 April 2008
|Prime Minister||Xanana Gusmão|
|Preceded by||Vicente Guterres (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||José Ramos-Horta|
|President of the National Parliament|
8 August 2007
|Preceded by||Francisco Guterres|
Manutassi, Portuguese Timor
|Spouse(s)||Jacqueline Aquino Siapno|
Fernando de Araújo, also known by Lasama (born 1963) is an East Timorese politician and the current President of the National Parliament of East Timor. He was also serving as the Acting President of East Timor for two months in early 2008. He is also the President of the Democratic Party. He is married to Jacqueline Aquino Siapno, Ph.D. of Dagupan City, Philippines.
Background and early career
Araújo was born in Manutassi, Ainaro District, in what was then Portuguese Timor. At the age of 12, he witnessed all 18 members of his family massacred by the Indonesian Army. He studied Literature in Bali, Indonesia, was general-secretary of Renetil - Resistência Nacional dos Estudantes de Timor-Leste (East Timorese Students National Resistance), and was sentenced to six years and four months of imprisonment.
Lasama de Araújo was the Democratic Party's candidate in the April 2007 presidential election. He took third place with 19.18% of the vote, and on April 26 he announced his party's support for the second place candidate, Prime Minister José Ramos-Horta, in the second round.
In the June 2007 parliamentary election, Araújo won a seat as the first name on the Democratic Party's candidate list. At the first session of the new parliament on July 30, Araújo was elected as President of the National Parliament, defeating Aniceto Guterres of FRETILIN.
President of Timor-Leste (Acting)
Ramos-Horta took over again on 17 April 2008, when he returned to Timor-Leste.
While in prison he met his wife Jacqueline, a well-respected Filipino academic who was working for Amnesty International.
- "Two set to square off for presidency", AAP (news.com.au), April 18, 2007.
- 2007 presidential election results, East Timor Election Commission website.
- "Ramos Horta wins key support", AFP (The Age), April 27, 2007.
- "National Provisional Results from the 30 June 2007 Parliamentary Elections", Comissão Nacional de Eleições Timor-Leste, July 9, 2007.
- "Timor MPs sworn in, no government yet", Reuters (Gulf Times), July 31, 2007.
- "New poll if Ramos Horta recovery slow", The Australian Financial Review, February 14, 2008.
- Ramos Horta still haunted by questions | The Australian
|President of the National Parliament
|President of East Timor