Timor Leste military chief resigns

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 09/02/2011 5:58 PM

Taur Matan Ruak, the Timor Leste military chief, resigned on Friday, purportedly in order to run for president next year, a senior official said.

Ruak submitted his letter of resignation to the cabinet in Dili, Timor Leste vice-prime minister Jose Luis Guterres said on Friday as quoted by Antara.

“The government has received the [resignation] letter,” Guterres said.

Ruak, who is a veteran of the Timor Leste independence struggle against Indonesia, has not openly declared that he will run in the presidential election next March, but Guterres said that in the past few months Ruak had shown signs that he would run for the presidency.

If Ruak does run it would probably be against incumbent president Jose Ramos-Horta.

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