Fernando de Araújo (East Timorese politician)

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Fernando de Araújo
Fernando de Araújo.jpg
President of East Timor
In office
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
Assumed office
8 August 2007
Preceded by Francisco Guterres
Personal details
Born 1962
Manutassi, Portuguese Timor
Political party PD
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[edit]

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.

2007 elections[edit]

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,[1][2] and on April 26 he announced his party's support for the second place candidate, Prime Minister José Ramos-Horta, in the second round.[3]

In the June 2007 parliamentary election, Araújo won a seat as the first name on the Democratic Party's candidate list.[4] 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.[5]

President of Timor-Leste (Acting)[edit]

Following an attack that seriously wounded President José Ramos-Horta on February 11, 2008, Araújo became Acting President on February 13.[6]

Ramos-Horta took over again on 17 April 2008, when he returned to Timor-Leste.[7]


While in prison he met his wife Jacqueline, a well-respected Filipino academic who was working for Amnesty International.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Two set to square off for presidency", AAP (news.com.au), April 18, 2007.
  2. ^ 2007 presidential election results, East Timor Election Commission website.
  3. ^ "Ramos Horta wins key support", AFP (The Age), April 27, 2007.
  4. ^ "National Provisional Results from the 30 June 2007 Parliamentary Elections", Comissão Nacional de Eleições Timor-Leste, July 9, 2007.
  5. ^ "Timor MPs sworn in, no government yet", Reuters (Gulf Times), July 31, 2007.
  6. ^ "New poll if Ramos Horta recovery slow", The Australian Financial Review, February 14, 2008.
  7. ^ Ramos Horta still haunted by questions | The Australian

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Political offices
Preceded by
Francisco Guterres
President of the National Parliament
Preceded by
Vicente Guterres
President of East Timor

Succeeded by
José Ramos-Horta