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Poet, Pragmatist and PM

After spells as a jailed revolutionary and Timor-leste’s first president, Xanana Gusmao finds new satisfaction in the concrete achievements he can bring as prime minister.

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Very few leaders of countries would openly admit that the less they have to do with politicians the better, because politicians just don’t get things done. 

“When I was the president … we could not listen to each other. Everyone had his own mindset and purpose. I wanted fair politicians. … I said, ‘We have suffered enough and now that we are independent why do we have to suffer more or kill each other for politics?’ ”

Xanana Gusmao has a lot of things he wants done as he leads his tiny country toward the next stage of development and eventual membership in Asean.

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