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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