On 21 April, 2022, in a landslide election, Dr. José Ramos-Horta was elected President of Timor-Leste for a second term. He had previous served as Foreign Minister and Senior Cabinet Minister (2000 – 2006), Prime Minister (2007 – 2008), and President (2008-2012).  Dr. Ramos-Horta was inaugurated and assumed office on 20 May, 2022, the 20th anniversary of Timor-Leste’s restoration of independence.

East Asia Forum: Timor-Leste hits the democratic reset button

East Asia Forum: Timor-Leste hits the democratic reset button

In Timor-Leste, incumbent president Francisco ‘Lu-Olo’ Guterres and the Fretilin party were defeated in both the 2022 presidential and 2023 parliamentary elections, marking a return to the conventions established during the state's independence. The election results...

President Ramos-Horta Honored at Global Baku Forum

President Ramos-Horta Honored at Global Baku Forum

Gallery Text of Speech The 10th edition of the Global Baku Forum was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from Mach 9-12. The Forum brought together over 300 participants, including current and former heads of state and government, Nobel laureates, international organizations,...

RAMOS-HORTA CONDEMNS POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN BRASILIA

RAMOS-HORTA CONDEMNS POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN BRASILIA

Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, Dili, 09 January 2023 President of Timor-Leste José Ramos-Horta condemned today's invasion of Brazil's National Congress, Supreme Court and Presidential Palace by supporters Ex-President Jair Bolsonaro. "It is with deep...

Statement on Election of Lula to Presidency of Brazil

Statement on Election of Lula to Presidency of Brazil

Statement to the Press From the President of East Timor José Ramos-Horta Regarding the victory of Luis Inácio da Silva In the elections in Brazil October 30, 2022   The people re-elected Lula for President of the Federal Republic of Brazil. The elections were...

Cambodia State Support of Timor-Leste Accession to ASEAN

Cambodia State Support of Timor-Leste Accession to ASEAN

Cambodia, 20 October 2022 President José Ramos-Horta met with President of Senate, Say Chhum, President of National Assembly, Heng Samrin and Prime Minister, Hun Sen to discuss the strengthening of bilateral relations between Timor-Leste and Cambodia.   The high...

Lowy Institute: A free trade zone for Timor-Leste and Indonesia

Lowy Institute: A free trade zone for Timor-Leste and Indonesia

Regional stability, economic resilience and mutual prosperity – what’s not to like about a cross-border FTZ? In July, Indonesian President Joko Widodo received President José Ramos-Horta for the first state visit of the Timor-Leste leader’s term. Both made proposals...

Reuters: East Timor prods Australia on long-stalled gas project

Reuters: East Timor prods Australia on long-stalled gas project

MELBOURNE, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and China could all be interested in investing in a long-delayed gas project in the waters between East Timor and Australia crucial to the Asian nation's future, East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta said on...

Ramos-Horta: The First 100 Days and Our Future Challenges

Ramos-Horta: The First 100 Days and Our Future Challenges

Read/download PDF Watch on YouTube (in Portuguese) THE FIRST 100 DAYS AND OUR FUTURE CHALLENGES  Address to The National Parliament by J. Ramos-Horta, President of the Republic, 15 September 2022   Excellencies, Mr President of the National Parliament, Mr....

Woodside gas deal would turn Dili into Dubai: Ramos-Horta

Woodside gas deal would turn Dili into Dubai: Ramos-Horta

East Timor could become the next Dubai or Singapore if Australian resources giant Woodside agreed to pipe gas there instead of Darwin for processing, the island nation’s President Jose Ramos-Horta said as he steps up pressure on Anthony Albanese to support...

Australia and Timor-Leste Update Defence Ties

Australia and Timor-Leste Update Defence Ties

Australia and Timor-Leste today signed a reciprocal Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA). The DCA is a status of forces agreement that sets out the reciprocal protections, responsibilities and privileges each country will grant the military personnel of the other in...