Francisco Guterres

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Francisco Guterres
2007 Luo-Olo.JPG
President of East Timor
Elect
Taking office
20 May 2017
Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo
Succeeding Taur Matan Ruak
President of the National Parliament of East Timor
In office
20 May 2002 – 8 August 2007
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Fernando de Araújo
Personal details
Born (1954-09-07) 7 September 1954 (age 62)
Ossu, Portuguese Timor
(now East Timor)
Political party Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor

Francisco Guterres, popularly known as Lú-Olo (born 7 September 1954[1]) is an East Timorese politician who will take office in 2017 as the first elected partisan President of East Timor. He is also the President of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN), and was President of the National Parliament of East Timor from 2002 to 2007. As the FRETILIN candidate, he ran for the presidency of the country in the 2007 presidential election and 2012 presidential election, but was defeated in the second round by independent candidates on both occasions. He also contested the 2017 presidential election, and thanks to the support of Xanana Gusmão, early results indicate that he won more than 50% of votes in the first round.[2]

Life and career

Born in Ossu in 1954, Guterres has described himself as “the son of a poor family, of humble people”. He is a Roman Catholic and a former guerrilla fighter.[3] At an Extraordinary Conference of FRETILIN in Sydney, Australia in 1998, Guterres was named General Coordinator of the Council of Armed Resistance. In July 2001, he was elected President of FRETILIN. Guterres was elected to the Constituent Assembly in the August 2001 parliamentary election, and he was subsequently elected by the Constituent Assembly as its President; when East Timor gained its independence in May 2002, the Constituent Assembly was transformed into the National Parliament, with Guterres as its President.[1]

In the 2007 presidential election, Guterres ran as FRETILIN's candidate and campaigned on a populist platform.[3] However, some members of FRETILIN blamed him for the 2006 East Timorese crisis and instead supported Prime Minister José Ramos-Horta, who was running as an independent candidate.[3] In the first round of the election, held on 9 April, Guterres took first place with 27.89% of the vote.[4][5] He and Ramos-Horta participated in the second round in May, and Guterres lost with 31% of the vote against 69% for Ramos-Horta. He accepted the result and congratulated Ramos-Horta.[6]

Guterres was re-elected to parliament in the June 2007 parliamentary election as the first name on FRETILIN's candidate list.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b Profile on National Parliament website.
  2. ^ "Francisco Guterres set to become East Timor's fourth president". The Australian. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Feature: Fretilin looms over Timor poll". The Australian. 6 April 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  4. ^ Results from the National Electoral Commission.
  5. ^ "Two set to square off for presidency", AAP (news.com.au), 18 April 2007.
  6. ^ "Guterres congratulates Horta as new president of Timor-Leste", Xinhua (People's Daily Online), 11 May 2007.
  7. ^ "National Provisional Results from the 30 June 2007 Parliamentary Elections", Comissão Nacional de Eleições Timor-Leste, 9 July 2007.

External links

  • East Timor: Birth of a Nation: Lu Olo's Story
Political offices
New office President of the National Parliament
2002–2007
Succeeded by
Fernando de Araújo
Preceded by
Taur Matan Ruak
as President
President-elect of East Timor
2017–present
Incumbent
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