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East Timor's Ramos Horta Making Plans for Life After Presidency
Posted 3/18/2012 at 4:56 PM by Kate C in Laureates News
Affiliate: PeaceJam HQ
It is official! Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos Horta is making plans for life after Presidency in East Timor.
He is such a brilliant and dedicated peace-builder and we are anxiously awaiting news of what is next for this world leader!

Photo: Jose Ramos Horta Casting His Vote

WGME 13 wrote:
March 18, 2012 15:59 GMT

DILI, East Timor (AP) -- Jose Ramos Horta has indicated he's ready to step down as East Timor's president after a poor showing in weekend elections.

The official results from the first round of voting won't be announced until Tuesday.

But with more than 60 percent of the ballots counted, the Nobel laureate had nowhere near the support needed to advance to an April 21 run-off between the two front-runners.

Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres of the traditionally strong leftist Fretilin party was leading Sunday with 28 percent of the vote. Former military chief Taur Matan Ruak followed with 25 percent.

Ramos Horta had only 18 percent but said he wasn't disappointed.

He says both men are capable of ensuring peace and stability for the tiny nation, which was his only real concern.

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Dawn E wrote:
We love you, Jose!
posted 3/19/2012 at 7:28 AM
Alison W wrote:
LOVE! Cannot wait to hear what he does after this. Such an inspiring and lovely laureate to have with PeaceJam!
posted 3/19/2012 at 9:19 AM
Brett E wrote:
He has had quite a life of giving to his country, even got shot while trying to help his people. He's earned a vacation imo, but I bet he'll keep helping people in some way or another!
posted 3/19/2012 at 9:37 AM
Sara R wrote:
East Timor was lucky to have such an influential leader. Not many countries that declare independence from another nation are able to make a peaceful transition, Jose led the Timorese remarkabley well!
posted 3/19/2012 at 10:16 AM