Marcus Waelauruw Jr , Francisco Xavier do Amaral & East Timor



Francisco Xavier do Amaral was the first President of the short lived Democratic of the Republic of East Timor in 1975. He is the founder of the Fretilin (Frente Revolicionaria de Timor Leste Independente).

When Indonesia invaded the country in 1975, he fled into the mountains with other political leaders and the population.

He surrendered to the Indonesian forces in 1978, who placed him under house arrest in Bali and Jakarta until Indonesia withdrew from East Timor in 1999.

Like other East Timorese leaders, he went back to East Timor after the majority of the East Timorese voted for independence in 1999.

He re-established his party - ASDT (Associao Social Democratico de Timor) and ran against Xanana Gusmao in the presidential election in 2002 and he ran again for president in the 2007 presidential election - taking fourth place with 14.39% of the vote.

Amaral received a cancer diagnosis in 2011. Amaral was one of thirteen candidates nominated for the 2012 presidential election, which will be held on March 17, 2012.However, Amaral proved too seriously ill to appear at the official launch of the presidential campaign on February 29, 2012, which jeopardized his candidacy and the election.The National Parliament of East Timor met in a plenary session in early March 2012, specifically to amend the presidential election law so that Amaral's absence from the launch would not negate the entire election.

Francisco Xavier do Amaral died at Guido Valadares National Hospital in Dili at 8:44 a.m. on March 6, 2012, at the age of 74.He will be given a state funeral and buried at the Metinaro Heroes Cemetery in Dili.





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Dili East Timor



Dili East Timor

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Francisco Xavier Do Amaral

Francisco Xavier Do Amaral



Francisco Xavier Do Amaral

Francisco Xavier Do Amaral