President of East Timor

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 once
Inaugural holderFrancisco Xavier do Amaral
Formation28 November 1975

List of Presidents of East TimorEdit

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Political parties
Other factions
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  • X Assassinated

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of East TimorEdit

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political Party
East Timor (province)
1   Francisco Xavier do Amaral
(1939–2012)
28 November 1975 7 December 1975 FRETILIN
2   Nicolau dos Reis Lobato
(1946–1978)
7 December 1975 31 December 1978 FRETILIN
3 Arnaldo dos Reis Araújo

( 1913 —1988)

31 December 1978 17 July

1979

Independent
4 Guilhere Maria Gonçalves

( 1919 —1999)

1979 1982 Independent
5 Mario Viegas Carrascalão

( 1937 —2017)

18

September 1982

June 1992 Independent
6 Abílio Osório Soares

( 1947 — 2007)

June 1992 2 October 1999 Independent
United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor
7 Ian Martin

(1940–)

1999 1999 Independent
8 Sérgio Vieira de Mello

( 1948 — 2003)

2 October 1999 20 May 2002 Independent
9   Mari Alkatiri
(1949–)
20 May 2002 20 May 2002 Independent
Democratic Republic of East Timor
10   Xanana Gusmão
(1944–)
2002 20 May 2002 20 May 2007 Independent
11   José Ramos-Horta
(1949–)[1]
2007 20 May 2007 20 May 2012 Independent
12   Vicente Guterres
(1956–)
[2]
11 February 2008 13 February 2008 CNRT
13   Fernando de Araújo
(1962–2015)
[2]
13 February 2008 17 April 2008 PD
14   José Ramos-Horta
(1949–)
2008 17 April 2008 20 May 2012 Independent
15   Taur Matan Ruak
(1956–)
2012 20 May 2012 20 May 2017 Independent
16   Francisco Guterres
(1954–)
2017 20 May 2017 Incumbent
(Term ends on 20 May 2022)
FRETILIN

Latest electionEdit

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Incapacitated from 11 February to 17 April 2008
  2. ^ a b Served as President during the 2008 assassination attempts