East Timor leaders begin talks on possible new government

February 3, 2015 8:08 AM

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East Timor leaders begin talks on possible new government

DILI (Reuters) - East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao is meeting the president this week to discuss a possible government restructuring, sending perhaps the strongest signal yet that the independence hero wants to step down.

Gusmao, 68, a guerrilla leader who helped end Indonesian rule in 2002, has hinted for more than a year that he would resign to let a younger generation lead a nation that ranks among the world's poorest, despite its abundant gas resources.

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