East Timor Independence Hero Submits Resignation as PM

February 6, 2015 8:09 AM

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East Timor independence hero Xanana Gusmao resigned as prime minister Friday, stepping down ahead of an expected restructuring of the government next week.

The former guerrilla leader spearheaded East Timor's drive for independence when Indonesian rule ended in 2002. He was the new country's first president, holding that position from 2002 until becoming prime minister in 2007.

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