President: ‘chance of mistakes’ in contracts

Radio Australia News

East Timor President: ‘chance of mistakes’ in contracts

Last Updated: 17 hours 59 minutes ago

East Timor’s President Jose Ramos Horta has conceded there’s a chance
of making mistakes when multimillion dollar contracts are signed by
government officials.

Mr Ramos Horta has once again defended Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao
who signed off on a multimillion dollar contract for Prima Food – a
company in which his daughter was a shareholder.

Last month, Radio Australia’s parent company the ABC obtained
documents which suggested Mr Gusmao had awarded 3.5 million dollars
to the company Prima Food, to import rice last year.

Mr Ramos Horta says he has confidence in the Prime Minister

“I think corruption is serious in Timor Leste but I reject the
charges that top government officials are involved like the prime
minister,” he said. “The prime minister is a very very honest person.
He wants to do things fast.”

Mr Gusmao has also rejected the allegations, and says he welcomes an
investigation by the country’s newly formed anti corruption commission.


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