President of East Timor

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President of East Timor
Portuguese: Presidente da República
Tetum: Prezidente Republika
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President of Timor Leste Francisco Guterres.jpg
Francisco Guterres

since 20 May 2017
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceNicolau Lobato Presidential Palace
AppointerDirect election
Term lengthFive years
Inaugural holderFrancisco Xavier do Amaral
Formation28 November 1975
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The President of East Timor, officially the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (Portuguese: Presidente da República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Tetum: Prezidente Republika Demokratika Timor-Leste), is the head of state in East Timor, elected by popular vote for a five-year term. Their executive powers are somewhat limited, though he or she is able to veto legislation. Following elections, the president usually 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]


Political parties
Other factions
  • X Assassinated

Presidents of East Timor during War for Independence[edit]

Portrait Name
Elected Term of office Time in office Political Party
1 Francisco Xavier do Amaral.jpg Francisco Xavier do Amaral
28 November 1975 7 December 1975 9 days FRETILIN
2 Rotunda do Aeroporto.jpg Nicolau dos Reis Lobato
7 December 1975 31 December 1978X [1] 24 days FRETILIN

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of East Timor[edit]

Portrait Name
Elected Term of office Time in office Political Party
3 Xanana 2011.jpg Xanana Gusmão
2002 20 May 2002 20 May 2007 5 years Independent
4 José Ramos-Horta Portrait.jpg José Ramos-Horta
2007 20 May 2007 20 May 2012 5 years Independent
Vicente da Silva Guterres.jpg Vicente Guterres
Ad Interim[3]
11 February 2008 13 February 2008 2 days CNRT
Fernando de Araújo.jpg Fernando de Araújo
Ad Interim[3]
13 February 2008 17 April 2008 65 days PD
5 President Taur Matan Ruak.jpg Taur Matan Ruak
2012 20 May 2012 20 May 2017 5 years Independent
6 President of Timor Leste Francisco Guterres.jpg Francisco Guterres
2017 20 May 2017 Incumbent 1 year,

329 days


Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 20 March 2017 East Timorese presidential election results
Candidate Party Votes %
Francisco Guterres FRETILIN 295,048 57.1
António da Conceição Democratic Party 167,794 32.5
José Luís Guterres Frenti-Mudança 13,513 2.6
José Neves Independent 11,663 2.3
Luís Alves Tilman Independent 11,125 2.2
Antonio Maher Lopes Socialist Party of Timor 9,102 1.8
Ángela Freitas Timorese Workers' Party 4,353 0.8
Amorim Vieira Independent 4,283 0.8
Invalid/blank votes 11,932
Total 528,813 100
Registered voters/turnout 743,150 71.2
Source: CNE

See also[edit]


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