East Timor to decide on new prime minister this week

February 9, 2015 6:53 AM

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East Timor to decide on new prime minister this week

DILI (Reuters) - East Timor's president is expected to decide on a new prime minister by the end of this week after accepting the resignation of independence hero Xanana Gusmao, the government said in a statement on Monday.

Gusmao, 68, a guerrilla leader who helped end Indonesian rule in 2002, submitted his resignation letter on Friday to allow for a younger generation to lead a nation that ranks among the world's poorest, despite its abundant gas resources.

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