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Maria Ângela Carrascalão

Maria Ângela Guterres Viegas Carrascalão (born April 10, 1951) is a journalist, author, university teacher and former Minister of Justice from East Timor. She is a member of the Timorese Democratic Union (União Democrática Timorense) (UDT).

Maria Ângela Guterres Viegas Carrascalão
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Minister of Justice
In office
12 October 2017 – 22 June 2018
Preceded byDionísio Babo Soares [de]
Succeeded byManuel Cárceres da Costa [de]
Dean, Faculty of Law, Universidade Nasionál Timór Lorosa'e
In office
Personal details
Born (1951-04-10) 10 April 1951 (age 68)
Caitucoloa, Liquiçá, Portuguese Timor
Political partyTimorese Democratic Union
ProfessionJournalist, law lecturer

Early life and educationEdit

Carrascalão was born in Caitucoloa, Liquiçá, Portuguese Timor,[1] one of thirteen children of Manuel Viegas Carrascalão [de], a Portuguese exile who married a Timorese woman. Several of her siblings also occupied high political positions.[2] Carrascalão attended Dili Primary School and the Dr. Francisco Machado High School [de], Dili, graduating in 1970.[1]


From 1978 to 2002, she worked for the Portuguese news agencies Notícias de Portugal (NP), Agência Noticiosa Portuguesa (ANOP) and Lusa, as well as for the television station Sociedade Independente de Comunicação (SIC), the magazine Jornal Expresso and the Portuguese newspaper Público.[1] Then, in 2002, she moved to Timor Telecom as a trainer.[1]

From 2004-2005, Carrascalão was the director of the bilingual Tetum/Portuguese newspaper Lia Foun in East Timor, and a correspondent for the Australian radio broadcaster SBS.[1] In 2007-2008 she worked as a documenter and interpreter for the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor (CAVR).[1]

In 2007, Carrascalão ran as a Timorese Democratic Union candidate on position 9 in the parliamentary elections. The party failed to gain a seat. From 2008 to 2009 she was chief of staff of the Secretary of State for Defence of the IV Government of East Timor.[citation needed]

From 2005 to 2010 Carrascalão studied law at the Universidade Nasionál Timór Lorosa'e (UNTL) and graduated with a doctorate. From January 2011, she was a lecturer, and from 2013-2017 dean, of the Faculty of Law at the UNTL.[1][3] In 2013, she was also appointed by President Taur Matan Ruak as a member of the Conselho de Opinião of Radio-Televisão Timor Leste for four years.[4]

On 12 October 2017, Carrascalão was appointed Minister of Justice in the VII Government of East Timor by decree of President Francisco Guterres,[1][3] and sworn in on 17 October.[5] Her term as minister ended with the accession of the VIII Government on 22 June 2018.

Carrascalão speaks Tetum, Portuguese, English and French. She has dual East Timorese and Portuguese citizenship.


  • 2002 - Timor, os Anos da Resistência ISBN 9789728730017
  • 2012 - Taur Matan Ruak – a vida pela independência ISBN 972757937X


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Biografia de Sua Ex. Ministra da Justiça (Biography of former Ministers of Justice): Maria Ângela Guterres Viegas Carrascalão". Ministério da Justiça (in Portuguese). República Democrática de Timor-Leste. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  2. ^ Gunn, Geoffrey C. (2010). Historical Dictionary of East Timor. Scarecrow Press. pp. 53–54. ISBN 9780810875180. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Presidente timorense nomeia quatro últimos membros do Governo". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Lusa. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  4. ^ "REPÚBLICA DEMOCRÁTICA DE TIMOR-LESTE DECRETO PRESIDENTE 5/2013". Jornal da República. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  5. ^ "PR timorense empossa últimos cinco membros do VII Governo constitucional". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Lusa. Retrieved 3 September 2019.

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