On this week’s episode of ‘What’s Next?’ Maggie Feldman-Piltch sits down with His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Rui Maria de Araujo of Timor-Leste to reflect on Timor-Leste’s fight for self-determination, what it means to be a young democracy in the global community, and the challenges on the horizon. Timor Leste’s ongoing maritime dispute with Australia in the context of UNCLOS is also discussed.
H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo is the leader of the Sixth Constitutional Government of Timor-Leste. He holds an M.D with experience as a General Practitioner and Surgeon and a Master’s in Public Health. He served as Minister of Health from 2001 to 2007 in addition to Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs in 2006. In 2007 He was appointed to the Council of State, and continued to serve in senior advisory positions throughout government until joining the FRETLIN party formally in 2010. He was elected as a member of the party’s Central Committee in 2011 and appointed Prime Minister in February 2015 by incumbent H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, member of the Gusmão party.
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