East Timor Prime Minister resigns
Monday, June 26, 2006
"I am assuming my own share of responsibility for the crisis affecting our country, I am determined not to contribute to any deepening of the crisis," said Mr Alkatiri.
The news of the Prime Minister's imminent departure comes after the Foreign Minister, Jose Ramos Horta, a former Nobel Peace Prize winner, resigned from his position earlier in the week stating he could not work with Alkatiri. He resigned by means of an SMS text message to Prime Minister Alkatiri.
The resignation was greeted by cheers and drum beats by thousands in celebration. Around 200 buses and vans drove through East Timor's capital city of Dili with their horns sounding. Alkatiri is widely blamed for the violence that erupted in Dili in May.
|Wikinews Australia has in-depth coverage of this issue: 2006 East Timor crisis|
- "East Timor: President Gusmão takes emergency powers to quell unrest" — Wikinews, May 30, 2006
- "East Timor's PM 'ready to resign'" — , 26th June 2006
- "Quitting politics Timor-style -- via SMS" — , 26th June 2006
- David Fox. "East Timor PM quits" — , 26th June 2006
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