East Timor president accepts independence leader Xanana Gusmao's resignation as prime minister

February 9, 2015 10:00 AM

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DILI, East Timor – East Timor's president has accepted the resignation of independence hero Xanana Gusmao as prime minister ahead of an expected restructuring of the government.

The former guerrilla leader spearheaded East Timor's drive for independence when Indonesian rule ended in 2002. He was the first president of the half-island nation until becoming prime minister in 2007. Gusmao's request for resignation was submitted Friday.

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