President of East Timor

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President of East Timor
Portuguese: Presidente da República
Tetum: Prezidente Republika
Coat of arms of East Timor.svg
President Taur Matan Ruak.jpg
Incumbent
Taur Matan Ruak

since 20 May 2012
Term length Five years
Inaugural holder Francisco Xavier do Amaral
Formation 28 November 1975
Coat of arms of East Timor.svg
This article is part of a series on the
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The President of East Timor - officially the President of the Democratic Republic of East Timor (Portuguese: Presidente da República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Tetum: Prezidente Republika Demokratica Timor-Leste) - is the head of state of the East Timorese republic, elected by popular vote for a five-year term. His executive powers are somewhat limited, though he is able to veto legislation. Following elections, the president appoints as the prime minister, the leader of the majority party or majority coalition. As head of government the prime minister presides over the cabinet.

List of Presidents of East Timor[edit]

Presidents of East Timor during War for Independence[edit]

      Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN)

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
(Title)
Term of Office Party
1 Francisco Xavier do Amaral.jpg Francisco Xavier do Amaral
(1937–2012)
President
28 November 1975 7 December 1975 FRETILIN
2 Coat of arms of East Timor.svg Nicolau dos Reis Lobato
(1946–1978)
Acting President
7 December 1975 31 December 1978[1] FRETILIN

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of East Timor[edit]

      National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT)
      Democratic Party (PD)

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
(Title)
Term of Office Party
1 Xanana 2011.jpg Xanana Gusmão
(b. 1946)
President
20 May 2002 20 May 2007 Independent
2 José Ramos-Horta Portrait.jpg José Ramos-Horta
(b. 1949)
President
20 May 2007 20 May 2012[2] Independent
 — Coat of arms of East Timor.svg Vicente Guterres
(b. 1955)
Acting President[3]
11 February 2008 13 February 2008 CNRT
 — Fernando de Araújo.jpg Fernando de Araújo
(b. 1963)
Acting President[3]
13 February 2008 17 April 2008 PD
3 President Taur Matan Ruak.jpg Taur Matan Ruak
(b. 1956)
President
20 May 2012 Incumbent Independent

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Killed in office by the special forces of the Indonesian military
  2. ^ Incapacitated from 11 February to 17 April 2008
  3. ^ a b Served as Acting President during the 2008 East Timorese assassination attempts

Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 17 March and 16 April 2012 East Timorese presidential election results
Candidates Parties 1st round 2nd round
Votes % Votes %
Taur Matan Ruak Independent (supported by CNRT) 119,462 25.71 275,471 61.23
Francisco Guterres FRETILIN 133,635 28.76 174,408 38.77
José Ramos-Horta Independent 81,231 17.48  
Fernando de Araújo Democratic Party 80,381 17.30
Rogério Lobato Independent, member of FRETILIN 16,219 3.49
José Luís Guterres Frenti-Mudança 9,235 1.99
Manuel Tilman KOTA 7,226 1.56
Abílio Araújo PNT 6,294 1.35
Lucas da Costa Independent, member of Democratic Party 3,862 0.83
Francisco Gomes PLPA 3,531 0.76
María do Céu Independent 1,843 0.40
Angelita Pires Independent 1,742 0.37
Valid votes 464,661 94.84 449,879 98.08
Invalid votes 18,788 3.83 6,801 1.48
Blank votes 6,484 1.32 2,023 0.44
Total votes (turnout 78.20%/73.12%) 489,933 100.00 458,703 100.00
Source: CNE, CNE

See also[edit]