» 05/29/2006, 00.00
Increasing calls for the prime minister's resignation
In Dili hundreds of people are demonstrating against Prime Minister Alkatiri. The Catholic Church calls for a new government. Political leaders are in emergency meetings, whilst armed gangs are still ransacking the capital.
12/04/2007 EAST TIMOR
Presidential elections: some candidates complain of irregularities as the country prepares for a two
Five candidates call for a halt to vote counting until the process can be secured with other observers present. According to partial results Horta and Guterres should square off next May 8.
06/04/2007 EAST TIMOR
Election campaign ends as East Timorese get set to go to the poll to pick next president
Calm returns to the country after factional clashes. Presidential elections will take place next Monday. Nobel Prize winner Ramos Horta and Fretilin leader Francisco Guterres are favoured. Catholic Church tells faithful to choose “with conscience” and unexpectedly picks a former student activist, Fernando 'Lasama' de Araujo, as its choice.
31/05/2006 VATICAN EAST TIMOR
Pope stands by Church in East Timor, appeals for peace
In Dili, where people are still fleeing, the situation is critical. According to the UN, the number of displaced people has topped 100,000. Many are sheltering in churches, convents and schools. Refuge camps have been set up around the capital.
08/07/2010 EAST TIMOR– AUSTRALIA
Australia to dump Oceania’s refugees on East Timor
Australia’s new prime minister wants to build a large refugee-processing centre in the poor Southeast Asian nation. In 2009, Oceania had 38,200 refugees, 22,000 in Australia. The opposition in Canberra calls the PM’s idea a disconcerting proposal and an embarrassing mistake.
14/06/2006 EAST TIMOR
Lull in unrest in Dili as government calls for UN intervention
More stores open and people take to the streets, but violence still lurks just around the corner. The United Nations is ready to send a mission like in 1999 when it helped the country prepare for independence. East Timorese president goes before parliament and delivers a speech televised to the nation.
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