East Timor's Gusmao to stay in government as investment minister

February 11, 2015 10:32 AM

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East Timor's Gusmao to stay in government as investment minister

(Reuters) - East Timor's independence hero and out-going prime minister Xanana Gusmao will stay in the cabinet as investment minister, the government said on Wednesday, raising questions about the independence of the new prime minister.

Gusmao, 68, a guerrilla leader who helped end Indonesian rule over the poor half island in 2002, resigned last week as prime minister. Former health minister Rui Araujo was appointed as his replacement on Tuesday.

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