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.

President Attends St. Anthony’s celebrations in Manatuto.

President Attends St. Anthony’s celebrations in Manatuto.

President Ramos-Horta attending the annual Saint Anthony's religious and cultural activities in Manatuto town. The activities last the whole month of June with daily fun activities like fairs, games, sports, etc. 13th June is the main religious event with a Catholic...

Political situation in Myanmar and the effects on Bayingyi villages

Political situation in Myanmar and the effects on Bayingyi villages

The following Report was received by President Ramos-Horta on 4 June, 2022: Since the military coup of February 1, 2021 in Myanmar, .thousands of civilians have been killed and detained by the military; at least 12,417 civilian houses have been burned, at 296...

Sky News: President Rules Out Security Pact With China

Sky News: President Rules Out Security Pact With China

In recent meetings, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and President Ramos-Horta discussed and signed agreements on issues including health care, infrastructure, and economic co-operation. President Ramos-Horta ruled out a security agreement with China, saying "We do...

President Meets with United States Representatives

President Meets with United States Representatives

Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Timor-Leste Thomas Daley was joined by USAID Mission Director in Timor-Leste Zema Samunegus, in a meeting with President Ramos-Horta at the Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, June 3, 2022. The US representatives affirmed the...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meets with President Ramos-Horta

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meets with President Ramos-Horta

President José Ramos-Horta meets with Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Wang Yi to discuss Timor-Leste - China bilateral relations. China Is one of Timor-Leste's main development partners, while Australia remains an outsize bilateral aid...

Congratulatory Letters from Around the World

Congratulatory Letters from Around the World

President Ramos-Horta received letters from leaders from around the world prior to his inauguration, congratulating him on assuming the Presidency, and congratulating Timor-Leste on the twentieth anniversary of the restoration of independence.  To view the...

Reuters: East Timor’s new president pledges stronger ties with China

Reuters: East Timor’s new president pledges stronger ties with China

DILI, May 20 (Reuters) - East Timorese independence figure and Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta was inaugurated as the country's fifth president on Friday, pledging to dedicate his time in office to strengthen national unity and forge closer relations with China....

May 20: President Ramos-Horta Address to Parliament

May 20: President Ramos-Horta Address to Parliament

On May 20, 2022, newly elected President José Ramos-Horta addressed the Parliament of Timor-Leste. The President addressed the challenges of building a pluralistic democracy after decades of violence under the occupation. The Constitution, he says, lays the foundation for the evolving State, and for peace in the nation.

Ramos-Horta Inaugural Speech: English Text

Ramos-Horta Inaugural Speech: English Text

Excelências, Presidente do Parlamento Nacional; Primeiro-Ministro; Presidente do Tribunal de Recurso; Procurador Geral da República; Excelências, Presidente de Portugal, Prof. Dr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa; Governador-Geral da Austrália, David Hurley; Primeiro-Ministro...

Dozens of Countries to be Represented in Timor-Leste Celebrations

Dozens of Countries to be Represented in Timor-Leste Celebrations

Delegations from dozens of countries, at the level of heads of state, government officials or official representatives, are visiting East Timor for the inauguration of the elected president, José Ramos-Horta, and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the...

President Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to Inauguration

President Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to Inauguration

President Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency José Ramos-Horta and to Attend Ceremonies Commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence MAY...

US President Biden Congratulates Ramos-Horta

US President Biden Congratulates Ramos-Horta

UN President Biden congratulated Dr. José Ramos-Horta today on his election as President. "I have long been inspired," he said, "by the Timorese people and their commitment to democracy and human rights."  "The United States is proud to consider TImor-Leste a...

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa congratulates Ramos-Horta

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa congratulates Ramos-Horta

Upon learning of the election results, the President of the Republic spoke this morning on the phone with José Ramos Horta, to whom he conveyed, on behalf of the Portuguese People and on his own, the warmest congratulations on the election as President of the Republic...

Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee and Nobel Summit

Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee and Nobel Summit

Good morning from Rome from Livia and Leymah Gbowee! We just heard the news!!! Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee (Liberia) and Livia Malcanjo of the Permanent Secretariat of Nobel Laureates

Nobel Laureate Muhammed Yunus

Nobel Laureate Muhammed Yunus

Dear MR PRESIDENT: CONGRATULATIONS FOR A LANDSLIDE VICTORY!!!! I AM VERY HAPPY TO HEAR THE NEWS!!!! NOW GET READY FOR THE REAL HISTORY MAKING!!! WISHING YOU A FANTASTIC PRESIDENTIAL TERM!!! M Yunus Nobel Peace Prize (2006), Founder of Microcredit