Human Rights Group Warns Extending Lere’s Mandate as Head of Defense Force Violation of Law Featured

By Artur da Luz September 15, 2017 811
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DILI: The head of Timor-Leste’s human rights and security watchdog, Fundasaun Mahen, has warned maintaining Lere Annan Timur as head of the nation’s defence Force (FFDTL) is a violation of local law, amid concern about lack of replacement options.

Major General Timur has been leading FFDTL since 2011, with his mandate set to end October 6 2017. To date the President of Republic has not nominated a replacement.

Under Timor-Leste law the 65-year old has reached retirement age.

Joao Almeida, from Fundasaun Mahen, said Timur had fulfilled the maximum two period term in the position, and called on the new government to take on the issue.

Almeida warned of growing insecurity among public over the lack of clarity over who would lead important defense and security issues. 

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