Council of Ministers of the 9th Constitutional Government

The Council of Ministers is chaired by the Prime Minister and includes the Vice Prime Ministers and the Ministers.

The ministers who make up the 9th Constitutional Government are, in addition to the Prime Minister, Vice Prime Minister, and Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, and the Vice Prime Minister, and Coordinating Minister for Social Affairs and Minister for Rural Development and Community Housing:

  1. Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers;
  2. Minister of Finance;
  3. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation;
  4. Minister of Justice;
  5. Minister of State Administration;
  6. Minister of Health;
  7. Minister of Education;
  8. Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture;
  9. Minister of National Liberation Combatants' Affairs;
  10. Minister of Public Works;
  11. Minister of Transport and Communications;
  12. Minister of Tourism and Environment;
  13. Minister of Trade and Industry;
  14. Minister of Rural Development and Community Housing;
  15. Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry;
  16. Minister of Defence;
  17. Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources;
  18. Minister of the Interior;
  19. Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion;
  20. Minister of Youth, Sports, Art and Culture;
  21. Minister for Planning and Strategic Investment.

The Vice Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs is also the Minister of Tourism and the Environment.

The Vice Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Affairs is also the Minister for Rural Development and Community Housing.

Unless otherwise determined by the Prime Minister, the Vice Minister for Parliamentary Affairs shall participate in meetings of the Council of Ministers, without voting rights.

The Vice Ministers and other Secretaries of State who may be summoned on the express recommendation of the Prime Minister shall participate in the Council of Ministers without the right to vote, except when they are replacing the Minister they are assisting.

It is up to the Council of Ministers to approve, by resolution, the rules relating to its organisation and operation.

It is also up to the Council of Ministers to decide on the establishment of permanent or occasional committees to examine draft legislative or political acts or make recommendations to the Council.

Under the terms of Article 116 of the Constitution, the Council of Ministers is also responsible:

  1. Defining the general lines of government policy and its implementation;
  2. Deliberating on the request for a vote of confidence to the National Parliament;
  3. Approving Law proposals and draft Resolutions;
  4. Approving legislative acts, as well as international agreements not submitted to the National Parliament;
  5. Approving Government acts involving an increase or decrease in public revenue or expenditure;
  6. Approving the plans.


Source: Decree-Law no. 46/2023, of July 28th, Organic Law of the 9th Constitutional Government, and Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

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