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The President of East Timor, officially the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (Portuguese: Presidente da República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Tetum: Prezidente Republika Demokratika Timor-Leste), is the head of state in East Timor, elected by popular vote for a five-year term. Their executive powers are somewhat limited, though he or she is able to veto legislation. Following elections, the president usually appoints as the prime minister, the leader of the majority party or majority coalition. As head of government the prime minister presides over the cabinet.

President of East Timor
Portuguese: Presidente da República
Tetum: Prezidente Republika
Coat of arms of East Timor.svg
President of Timor Leste Francisco Guterres.jpg
Incumbent
Francisco Guterres

since 20 May 2017
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceNicolau Lobato Presidential Palace
AppointerDirect election
Term lengthFive years
Renewable
Inaugural holderFrancisco Xavier do Amaral
Formation28 November 1975

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  • X Assassinated

List of Presidents of East TimorEdit

Presidents of East Timor during War for IndependenceEdit

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
1   Francisco Xavier do Amaral
(1939–2012)
28 November 1975 7 December 1975 FRETILIN
2   Nicolau dos Reis Lobato
(1946–1978)
President
7 December 1975 31 December 1978X [1] FRETILIN

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of East TimorEdit

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
3   Xanana Gusmão
(1944–)
20 May 2002 20 May 2007 Independent
4   José Ramos-Horta
(1949–)[2]
20 May 2007 20 May 2012 Independent
5   Vicente Guterres
(1956–)
President[3]
11 February 2008 13 February 2008 CNRT
6   Fernando de Araújo
(1962–2015)
President[3]
13 February 2008 17 April 2008 PD
7   Taur Matan Ruak
(1956–)
20 May 2012 20 May 2017 Independent
8   Francisco Guterres
(1954–)
20 May 2017 Incumbent FRETILIN

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Killed by the special forces of the Indonesian military
  2. ^ Incapacitated from 11 February to 17 April 2008
  3. ^ a b Served as President during the 2008 assassination attempts

Latest electionEdit

e • d Summary of the 20 March 2017 East Timorese presidential election results
Candidate Party Votes %
Francisco Guterres FRETILIN 295,048 57.1
António da Conceição Democratic Party 167,794 32.5
José Luís Guterres Frenti-Mudança 13,513 2.6
José Neves Independent 11,663 2.3
Luís Alves Tilman Independent 11,125 2.2
Antonio Maher Lopes Socialist Party of Timor 9,102 1.8
Ángela Freitas Timorese Workers' Party 4,353 0.8
Amorim Vieira Independent 4,283 0.8
Invalid/blank votes 11,932
Total 528,813 100
Registered voters/turnout 743,150 71.2
Source: CNE


See alsoEdit