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East Timor PM resigns after political coalition collapses

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    Reuters

Dili,Timor Leste   /   Tue, February 25, 2020   /   10:27 am
East Timor PM resigns after political coalition collapses This photograph taken on May 19, 2017 shows newly elect East Timor's President Francisco Guterres (left), known as Lu Olo, and his predecessor Taur Matan Ruak (2nd left) hugging each other during his inauguration ceremony in Dili, East Timor. East Timor inaugurated its new president, former guerrilla fighter Guterres, who emerged victorious in the March elections. (Agence France -Presse/VALENTINO DARIELL DE SOUSA )

The prime minister of East Timor has sent a letter of resignation to the president, he said on Tuesday, as the tiny Southeast Asian nation faces new political instability after the collapse of a coalition supporting him in parliament.

"I have sent a (resignation) letter to the president," Taur Matan Ruak told reporters after meeting President Francisco Guterres.

He said he was prepared to stay in office until the resignation was accepted, so as "to guarantee government activities in our country".

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