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East Timor PM Gusmao plans to quit in September
East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao plans to step down in September for younger leadership
Associated Press
2014-02-27 11:22 PM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao plans to step down in September so a younger generation can lead the tiny nation.

Vice Prime Minister Fernando La Samma De Araujo said Thursday that the resistance leader just wants to be the father of the nation to oversee the administration as an observer.

De Araujo said the 67-year-old Gusmao expressed his intention informally to both his cabinet ministers and the people.

He added that the decision is based on deep thought and reflection, inspired by the late South African leader Nelson Mandela and Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew.

The former resistance leader became the first president of East Timor and its fourth prime minister since August 2007.

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