The country’s foreign minister made the suggestion to journalists during a news briefing. Cryptically, Jose Ramos-Horta advised the assembled media to go to Mari Alkatiri’s residence to find out more. The political crisis in East Timor has worsened over the weekend.
The government’s ruling party flouted the wishes of the President Xanana Gusmao by refusing to remove Alkatiri from his position as Prime Minister. Two high-profile government ministers, including Ramos-Horta, a Nobel peace prize winner, immediately resigned as a consequence. Alkatiri has been widely blamed for violence which erupted after fighting within the armed forces spiralled into rioting recently. His resignation has become the rallying cry during protests by thousands of Timorese which have peaked over the last few days.