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President of the Oecusse Special Administrative Region (RAEOA) Jose Luis Guterres (Lugu). President of the Oecusse Special Administrative Region (RAEOA) Jose Luis Guterres (Lugu).

Timor-Leste’s Government Replaces President of Oecusse Development Project Featured

DILI: Timor-Leste’s Council of Ministers replaced President of the Oecusse Special Administrative Region (RAEOA) Jose Luis Guterres (Lugu) on Wednesday.

Guterres – who held the position for just seven months - will be replaced by Arsenio Bano, who has been working as Vice President of RAEAO andis also Vice President of the Fretilin party. No details or reasons for the move were provided.

However, insiders close to Dili have labelled the move political.

Talking to reporters, Minister for Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs,

Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, said the change was a unanimous decision amongst Council Members, made to fast-track the project’s progress in Oecusse.

He dismissed the move as being politically motivated.

"Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak wanted to substitute Lugu and it was agreed jointly by the Council Minister meeting, " Magalhães said.

The high profile mega-development project seeks to open economic opportunities for people in Oecusse, to speed-up development and growth of the region.

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