National Leader Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão(Image Tatoli/António Gonçalves)

DILI, 14 augustu 2020 (TATOLI)– Despite submitting his resignation as the special representative of Timor-Leste to the maritime boundary and petroleum project, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, has yet to have been told by the Government of who will replace him.

Timor-Leste Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak said after his weekly meeting with the President Republic Francisco Guterres Lu Olo at the President Palace, Bairro Pite.

“We don’t have a decision for a candidate to replace Xanana Gusmão,” Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak said.

Charismatic Leader Xanana Gusmão sent a letter to Government with his intention to resign back in on July.

The Minister of Petroleum and Mineral, Víctor da Conceição Soares, informed journalist, that the government has not yet found any figure to replace Xanana, because the government has not made any  decision regarding his replacement.

Minister Soares affirms the resignation will not affect the negotiation of the oil pipeline to Timor-Leste, because this agreement for the maritime boundary between Australia and TL has already been settled in New York.

Earlier the Former president of TL and the Nobel Peace Prize José Ramos Horta, asked the government to pick a notable figure to substitute Xanana as Principle Negotiator of Maritime.

“I wish the government will nominate a new Negotiator who is also a good figure,” he said.

Horta acknowledges the international political diplomacy need to do international negotiation and the global oil company, thus Timor Leste should choose people who are recognized by the world.

Xanana was nominated for this position on August 21, 2018, and was approved by the Council of Ministers.

Journalist: Florêncio Miranda Ximenes

Editor: Julia Chatarina/Nick Kettle

Translation: Nelia Borges

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