Dili, November 6th 2019: The Council of Ministers, on Wednesday ordinary meeting at the Government Palace, in Díli, approved the appointment of former Deputy Prime Minister José Luís Guterres “LUGU” as the new President of the Special Administrative Region of Oé-Cusse Ambeno and the Special Zones of Social Market Economy (RAEOA – ZEESM).
Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak presented the motion for Government resolution regarding this appointment.
“Everyone knows that the four-month term of office of the Interim President of RAEOA-ZEESM, that was decided by the Council of Ministers, ends on November 30th. Today, the Council of Ministers received a proposal, made by the Prime Minister, for the former Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. José Luís Guterres, to be the new President of RAEOA-ZEESM, allowing him some time to prepare and establish his team, to respond to the needs of this region”, emphasized the Minister of State of the Presidency for the Council of Ministers, Dr. Hermenegildo Augusto “Agio” Pereira, to journalists, after the Council of Ministers’ meeting.
José Luís Guterres, who was born in Uatolari, Viqueque, in 1954, is a Timorese diplomat that worked actively and fought on the foreign front for our independence.
In the First Constitutional Government, from 2002 to 2006, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and later assumed the position of First Ambassador of Timor-Leste in the United States of America and, consequently, in the UN. In the II Constitutional Government, led by Prime Minister José Manuel Ramos Horta, he was entrusted with the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, a position that he held until May 2007.
In the IV Constitutional Government, from 2007 to 2012, he took up the position of Deputy Prime Minister Coordinator of Social Affairs, in the Government of the Parliamentary Majority Alliance led by Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, and again, in the V Constitutional Government, from 2012 to 2015, he was entrusted with the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. END