President of East Timor

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President of East Timor
Portuguese: Presidente da República
Tetum: Prezidente Republika
Coat of arms of East Timor.svg
President Taur Matan Ruak.jpg
Taur Matan Ruak

since 20 May 2012
Style His Excellency
Appointer Direct election
Term length Five years
Inaugural holder Francisco Xavier do Amaral
Formation 28 November 1975
Coat of arms of East Timor.svg
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The President of East Timor – officially the President of the Democratic Republic of East Timor (Portuguese: Presidente da República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Tetum: Prezidente Republika Demokratica Timor-Leste) – is the head of state in East Timor, elected by popular vote for a five-year term. His executive powers are somewhat limited, though he 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.


Political parties
Other factions
  • X Assassinated

List of Presidents of East Timor

Presidents of East Timor during War for Independence

Portrait Name
Term of Office Political Party
1 Francisco Xavier do Amaral.jpg Francisco Xavier do Amaral
28 November 1975 7 December 1975 FRETILIN
Rotunda do Aeroporto.jpg Nicolau dos Reis Lobato
Acting President
7 December 1975 31 December 1978X [1] FRETILIN

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of East Timor

Portrait Name
Term of Office Political Party
1 Xanana 2011.jpg Xanana Gusmão
20 May 2002 20 May 2007 Independent
2 José Ramos-Horta Portrait.jpg José Ramos-Horta
20 May 2007 20 May 2012 Independent
Vicente da Silva Guterres.jpg Vicente Guterres
Acting President[3]
11 February 2008 13 February 2008 CNRT
Fernando de Araújo.jpg Fernando de Araújo
Acting President[3]
13 February 2008 17 April 2008 PD
3 President Taur Matan Ruak.jpg Taur Matan Ruak
20 May 2012 Incumbent
Term ends 20 May 2017
4 2007 Luo-Olo.JPG Francisco Guterres
20 May 2017 President-elect FRETILIN


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

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Template:East Timorese presidential election, 2017

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