The President of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, yesterday 16 February 2015, presided over the swearing-in of the new national unity government headed by Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo, replacing former Prime Minister and national hero, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, who is set to take his new role as Mentoring Minister and Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment. The new structure includes eleven Ministers, eleven Vice Ministers and ten Secretaries of State, bringing the total number in the executive to thirty-eight, a significant reduction from the fifty-five of the V Constitutional Government.
The ceremony started with a Mass conducted by Bishop Basílio at the Díli Cathedral on Monday morning for all members of the incoming Government. The swearing-in ceremony was held in the afternoon at the Presidential “Salão Nobre”, Lahane, Díli.
Prime Minister Rui Araújo, in his speech, stated the formation of the VI Government is “a pragmatic logic of serving the national interest”. He remarked that through national unity people, regardless of their own political convictions, are “coming together of wills, experience and skills” to overcome the challenges faced by the country. He recalled that in 1984 Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão chose a policy of national unity as the key strategy for liberating the country. Now history repeats itself and it is time “to converge ideas, policies, actions and priorities around the common cause of consolidating and developing Timor-Leste”.
He recognized that Timor-Leste has made remarkable progress over the last thirteen years. Looking ahead he said “we need to do more”. The new government will focus on “better service delivery and quality of works, in a manner that is efficient, effective and accountable”. In doing so, the focus will be on fighting bureaucratization in public administration, economic diversification through intelligent investment in productive sectors, improving basic quality infrastructures and ensuring accessibility to basic services including education, health and drinking water.
He acknowledged that the challenge his new government and any other government will face is “to meet the needs of the current generations while creating long-term solutions for the next generations”.
By reinvigorating the motto of the three musketeers “all for one and one for all” for his team, the new Prime Minister assured that “we can do better by working together”