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Monday, 5 July 2010

Dr José Ramos-Horta - Democracy in Timor-Leste: Challenges and Prospects at ANU

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Dr José Ramos-Horta, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on the development of democratic institutions, culture and practice in Timor-Leste and the broader challenges for democracy. Recorded at The Australian National University on 22 June 2010.

After two years of peace and almost a decade since independence there is hope that the days of occupation, violence, disease and starvation have passed for the young country of Timor-Leste. Dr Ramos-Horta is the second President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste since the country's restoration of independence in 2002.

In 1996 he received a Nobel Peace Prize Peace for his efforts to bring peace and independence to East Timor. Dr Ramos-Horta has served as Prime Minister and Minster of Defence of his country, as well as Foreign Affairs Minister.

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