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Taur Matan Ruak victory speech

Taur Matan Ruak addresses his supporters after being officially named the winner of Timor Leste's Presidential Election. Dili, 18/4/12.

TMR's focus in now firmly fixed on unifying his people. The fact that he drew support from all over Timor Leste, and most importantly, across the East-West divide within Timor Leste, bodes well for this first objective.

As evidenced by his press conference performances, and in his television and radio interviews - during which he spoke confidently in English, Portuguese, Bahasa and Tetum - TMR is a powerful orator.

While he may lack formal political experience, TMR's supporters note the former resistance commander and defence chief's military roles have necessitated that he has been at the forefront of Timorese politics for the past two decades, if not in a behind the scenes kind of way.

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Taur Matan Ruak (Timor's New President)
Taur Matan Ruak addresses his supporters after being officially named the winner of Timor Leste's Presidential Election. Dili, 18/4/12. <br />
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TMR's focus in now firmly fixed on unifying his people. The fact that he drew support from all over Timor Leste, and most importantly, across the East-West divide within Timor Leste, bodes well for this first objective. <br />
<br />
As evidenced by his press conference performances, and in his television and radio interviews - during which he spoke confidently in English, Portuguese, Bahasa and Tetum - TMR is a powerful orator. <br />
<br />
While he may lack formal political experience, TMR's supporters note the former resistance commander and defence chief's military roles have necessitated that he has been at the forefront of Timorese politics for the past two decades, if not in a behind the scenes kind of way.