Nicolau dos Reis Lobato
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|2nd President of East Timor|
7 December 1975 – 31 December 1978
|Preceded by||Francisco Xavier do Amaral|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished[a]|
|1st Prime Minister of East Timor|
28 November 1975 – 7 December 1975
|President||Francisco Xavier do Amaral|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished[b]|
|Born||24 May 1946|
Bazartete, Portuguese Timor
|Died||31 December 1978 (aged 32)|
Mount Mindelo, East Timor, Indonesia
|Cause of death||Killed in action|
(m. 1972; died 1975)
|Years of service||1975–1978|
Nicolau dos Reis Lobato (24 May 1946 – 31 December 1978) was an East Timorese politician who is considered a national hero.
He was born in Soibada, Portuguese Timor. Lobato was the 1st Prime Minister of East Timor from 28 November to 7 December 1975. Upon the invasion by the Indonesian military, Lobato, along with other key Fretilin leaders, fled into the Timorese hinterland to fight against the occupying forces. On the final day of 1978 Lobato was ambushed by Indonesian special forces led by Lieutenant Prabowo Subianto (later son-in-law of President Suharto) at Mount Mindelo. He was killed after being shot in the stomach, and his body was brought to Dili to be inspected by Indonesian press. What then happened to his body is unknown, but the East-Timorese government continues to pursue the issue with the Indonesian government, so that his remains can be given a proper burial.
East Timor's main airport was renamed Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport in his honour.
- "Body of Timor-Leste's first prime minister still missing after 41 years". Tempo Timor. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- East Timor's latest attempt to find the body of its first prime minister Nicolau dos Reis Lobato ABC News, 21 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
Mário Lemos Pires as Governor of Portuguese Timor (18 November 1974 – 27 November 1975)
| Prime Ministers of East Timor
28 November – 7 December 1975
Sérgio Vieira de Mello as UN Administrator (25 October 1999 – 19 May 2002) and Mari Alkatiri (from 2002)
Francisco Xavier do Amaral
| Presidents of East Timor – nominal
Sérgio Vieira de Mello as UN Administrator (25 October 1999 – 19 May 2002) and Xanana Gusmão (from 2002)