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.
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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