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    07 of September of 2018Government congratulates the new Prime-Minister of Australia
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Government congratulates the new Prime Minister of Australia
    The Government of Timor-Leste congratulates Scott John Morrison on his nomination as Prime Minister of Australia and wishes the greatest successes in the performance of his noble functions.
    Timor-Leste and Australia share a historic and special bond that unites both peoples since World War II, and which we will reinforce with the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Mission of INTERFET, scheduled for 2019.
    We also share common interests in favor of peace, stability, security, development and progress and Australia is now our greatest partner in the effort to consolidate a secure, healthy, prosperous and resilient Democratic Rule of Law.
    With our recent success in the ratification of the Treaty on Maritime Borders, a great example was given to the World and a renewed impetus for strengthening our ties of trust and fraternal friendship.
    Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak in his letter of congratulations to the new Prime Minister of Australia said he had "great hope that, with the support of Scott John Morrison, good results can be achieved in the ongoing negotiations on the resources of the Greater Sunrise in order to maximize its benefits in favor of the population and the economic development of Timor-Leste".
    Taur Matan Ruak also expressed his "strong desire to continue strengthening the close ties of friendship, solidarity and cooperation that unite the two countries," expressing the "honor and privilege" of welcoming a visit of the Australian Prime Minister to Timor-Leste. ENDS
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    27 of August of 2018Government expresses condolences for the death of Keith Hayes
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Government expresses condolences for the death of Keith Hayes
    It was with great sadness that the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste received the news of the death of Mr. Keith Hayes, an Australian veteran and survivor of World War II.
    Keith Hayes, after being injured in battle in Timor-Leste during World War II, was rescued by a Timorese family, marking the beginning of a great friendship with our people that lasted for the rest of his life.
    While Keith showed remarkable courage as a commando during war, on his return to Australia he continued to fight. It was with deep empathy and care that he actively supported the Timorese people including in our struggle for freedom and independence as well as our endeavours to develop our new nation. This lifelong support was a shining light in the relationship between our countries and showed us all the possibilities of solidarity between our peoples. We held his friendship dear to our hearts and we mourn the passing of a truly great Australian.
    Keith will always have an important place in the history of our country and our relationship with Australia. While he was both humble and unassuming, his courage, integrity and determination to fight for human dignity and for the Timorese people will not be forgotten. At this time of sadness we both mourn his passing and celebrate his contribution.
    The Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, on behalf of the Timorese People, offers condolences to the family of Keith Hayes and give thanks from a grateful nation. ENDS
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    21 of August of 2018Meeting of the Council of Ministers of August 21st, 2018
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of August 21st, 2018
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace in Dili and approved the Government's Resolution Proposal submitted by the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, on the appointment of Xanana Gusmão as Special Representative of Timor-Leste for the conclusion of the procedures necessary for the ratification of the Treaty between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Australia establishing their maritime borders in the Timor Sea, the acquisition of interests in oil fields and the conclusion of agreements relating to the development of the Greater Sunrise oil fields. The Special Representative will represent the East Timorese State in all matters related to that Treaty, negotiate for the acquisition of participatory interests in certain oil assets in the Timor Sea, which are expected to contribute decisively to the development of a petroleum industry in East Timor and consequently for the development of other industries and related economic sectors. The Special Representative will also lead the process of negotiating and concluding with Australia and with the oil companies the agreements necessary for the development of the Greater Sunrise fields, reaffirming the Government's intention that the Greater Sunrise fields be developed through a pipeline to the coast of Timor-Leste and the construction and operation of a natural gas processing plant in Beaço.
    The Council of Ministers approved the Government's Resolution Proposal a submitted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dionisio da Costa Babo Soares, naming Tomás Cabral as Special Representative of the Government of RDTL to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau to proceed with the identification of that State's needs for the holding of free and democratic elections which are to take place on November 18, 2018. Recognizing the important contribution that the two East Timorese missions in support of the electoral processes of Guinea-Bissau, established in 2013 and 2014, provided to free and fair elections in this country, to bring it back to democratic normalcy and to the international prestige of the RDTL, and affirming the determination of the Government of Timor-Leste to contribute to peace and international security through the support of actions that promote the consolidation of democratic regimes, respect for human rights and the strengthening of the states with which Timor-Leste maintains relations of friendship and cooperation.
    The Council of Ministers analyzed the Government's Resolution Proposal relating to the payment of social contributions by State workers, presented by the Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Armanda Berta dos Santos. The purpose of this proposal is to define the possible scenarios for the monthly retention for Social Security and the payment of the total social contributions due to be paid by State employees. The contributory scheme for Social Security has been in force since August 1, 2017. Subsequently this proposal will be reviewed again by the Council of Ministers.
    The Government approved the Draft Deliberation of the Council of Ministers that appoints the former President of the Republic and State Councilor, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, to represent the Government in the funeral ceremonies of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, unless they are private in nature, or in any posthumous tribute ceremonies that may occur in his memory. ENDS
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    19 of August of 2018Government expresses condolences for the death of Kofi Annan
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    It was with deep consternation and sadness that the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste received the news of the death of Mr. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.
    Throughout his life, Kofi Annan distinguished himself as a committed and determined defender of peace and international dialogue, contributing with his efforts to end multiple conflicts that threatened international peace and security.
    The memory of Kofi Annan will forever be tied to the history of East Timor as he worked tirelessly for the international recognition of the right of self-determination of our People and, following the popular consultation that determined the independence of our Nation, laid the foundations on which the construction of the present Timorese State is based.
    For the Timorese People, the death of Kofi Annan represents the loss of a friend to whom, to a great extent, also owes our freedom and sovereignty. For this reason, the memory of Kofi Annan will forever be engraved on the heart of the Timorese.
    The Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste associates with all those who feel the loss of Kofi Annan and presents, on its behalf of behalf of the entire Timorese People, their heartfelt condolences to the United Nations, represented in His Excellency, the Secretary-General, respectfully requesting that these condolences also be shown to the family of Kofi Annan, the Government and the People of Ghana. ENDS
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    15 of August of 2018National Holiday on the Occasion of the Commemoration of Idul Adha
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    National Holiday on the Occasion of the Commemoration of Idul Adha
    Law Nº 10/2005, of August 10, amended by Law Nº 3/2016, of May 25, establishes the legal regime of public holidays, official commemorative dates and tolerances.
    This law establishes, in nº1 of article 2, national holidays with a fixed date and in nº 2 of the same article, national holidays with a variable date, and determines that the setting, each year, of the specific date for variable national holidays, is to be made by a decree signed by the member of Government responsible, pursuant to nº3 of the same legal provision.
    As no decree was issued on the matter at the beginning of this year, it is necessary to comply with the provisions of Article 2 (3) and to define as a holiday the Idul Adha, whose date, considering the religious nature of the event this holiday is celebrating, was indicated by the Islamic Community Center of Timor-Leste.
    Thus, under the terms and for the purposes of nº 3 of article 2 of Law Nº 10/2005, of August 10, as amended by Law No. 3/2016, of May 25, the Government determines the following:
    Declares a national holiday on 22 August, the day of commemoration of the ldul Adha, a holiday of the Muslim religion.
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    02 of August of 2018Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of August 2nd, 2018
    Approved:
    1 - Draft Law Proposal approving the State Budget
    2 - Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
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    02 of August of 2018Meeting of the Council of Ministers of August 1st, 2018
    Approved:
    1 - Government resolution concerning the donation to the Republic of Indonesia because of the earthquake that occurred on the island of Lombok;

    2 - Government resolution concerning the donation to the Lao People's Democratic Republic because of the Attapeu dam accident;
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    24 of July of 2018Meeting of the Council of Ministers of July 24th, 2018
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of July 24th, 2018
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace, in Díli, and approved the Decree-Law that approves the Organic Structure for the Eight Constitutional Government.
    The approved organic structure aims to encourage the improvement of service delivery to the public and expedite the State machine, without losing sight of objectives regarding efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.
    The Government is composed of the Prime Minister, the Minister of State, the Minister Coordinator, Ministers, Vice-Ministers and Secretaries of State, with the following structure:
    a)     Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
    b)     Minister Coordinator for Economic Affairs.
    c)     Minister for Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs
    d)     Minister for Finance;
    e)     Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation;
    f)       Minister of Justice;
    g)     Minister for State Administration;
    h)     Minister for Health;
    i)       Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
    j)       Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture
    k)     Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion
    l)       Minister for the Affairs of Former Combatants of National Liberation
    m)   Minister for Planning and Strategic Investment;
    n)     Minister for Public Works;
    o)     Minister for Transport and Communication;
    p)     Minister for Tourism, Commerce and Industry;
    q)     Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    r)      Minister for Defence;
    s)     Minister of Interior;
    t)       Minister for Oil and Mineral Resources.
    To carry out their duties, some Ministers are assisted by Vice-Ministers and Secretaries of State:
    a)      The Minister Coordinator for Economic Affairs is assisted by the Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment, by the Secretary of State for Development of the Cooperative Sector and by Secretary of State for the Environment;
    b)      The Minister for Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs is assisted by the Secretary of State for Social Communications;
    c)       The Minister for Finance is assisted by the Vice-Minister for Finance;
    d)      The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation is assisted by the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation;
    e)      The Minister for Justice is assisted by the Vice-Minister for Justice and by the Secretary of State for Land and Property;
    f)        The Minister for State Administration is assisted by the Vice-Minister for State Administration;
    g)      The Minister for Health is assisted by the Vice-Minister for Primary Healthcare and by the Vice-Minister for the Strategic Development of Health;
    h)      The Minister for Education, Health and Sport is assisted by the Vice-Minister for Education, Youth and Sport and by the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport;
    i)        The Minister for Higher Education, Science and Culture is assisted by the Secretary of State for Art and Culture;
    j)        The Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion is assisted by the Vice-Minister for Social Solidarity;
    k)       The Minister for the Affairs of Former Combatants of National Liberation is assisted by the Secretary of State for the Affairs of Former Combatants of National Liberation;
    l)        The Minister for Public Works is assisted by the Vice-Minister for Public Works;
    m)    The Minister for Tourism, Commerce and Industry is assisted by the Vice-Minister for Tourism, Commerce and Industry;
    n)      The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries is assisted by the Secretary of State for Fisheries;
    o)      The Minister of Interior is assisted by the Secretary of State for Civil Protection;
    The Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion is directly dependant of the Prime Minister. END
     
     
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