People's Liberation Party (East Timor)

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People's Liberation Party
Partidu Libertasaun Popular
Abbreviation PLP
President Taur Matan Ruak
Founded December 22, 2015 (2015-12-22)
(officially recognized by the Supreme Court)
Headquarters Caicoli, Dili, East Timor
Ideology Developmentalism
Fiscal moderation
National Parliament
8 / 65
Party flag
Flag of the People's Liberation Party (East Timor).png

The People's Liberation Party (Tetum: Partidu Libertasaun Popular; abbreviated PLP) is a political party in East Timor.[1] The party is led by former East Timorese president Taur Matan Ruak, who became the PLP's leader in 2017.[2]


On December 9, 2015, the PLP submitted 35,000 signatures from its supporters to the East Timorese Supreme Court, to be officially recognized as a political party. On December 22, 2015, the Supreme Court accepted their request and officially recognized the party. In 2015, it was reported that then East Timorese president Taur Matan Ruak planned on becoming the leader of the PLP after he finished his term in office.[3] In 2017, Taur Matan Ruak became the PLP's leader, replacing Adérito de Jesus Soares.

Election results[edit]

Legislative elections[edit]

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader
8 / 65
60,092 10.58% N/A Taur Matan Ruak


  1. ^ "Aderito Soares Lidera Partidu Libertasaun Popular". (in Tetum). December 11, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  2. ^ Hooi, Khoo Ying. "After Timor-Leste's Election, a Young Democracy Looks Forward". The Diplomat. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Taur Harii Partidu Tanba Kauza Lei Pensaun Vitalísia". November 21, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.