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Independence hero sworn in as East Timor PM

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Independence hero sworn in as East Timor PM


Independence hero Xanana Gusmao has been sworn in as East Timor’s prime minister, as violence by opposition supporters enters a third day. Gusmao’s appointment by President Jose Ramos Horta is intended to end the deadlock created by inconclusive elections a month ago. But the former ruling party, Fretilin, which won three more seats than Gusmao’s CNRT in the poll, has slammed the move as unconstitutional. However, Fretilin’s Jose Luis Guterres has accepted the post of deputy prime minister. On the streets, Fretilin supporters have ignored the leadership’s calls for calm and continued to show their anger, torching shops and burning tyres. United Nations forces in the former Indonesian territory say at least 12 people have been injured. Riot police have been deployed to restore order in the capital, Dili, and in areas further east.

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