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East Timor’s president threatens to quit

East Timor’s president on Thursday threatened to resign after the ruling party defied his orders to oust the prime minister, deepening a political crisis in the tiny nation following weeks of bloody street battles. “Tomorrow I will write a letter to Parliament to inform them that I’m resigning as the president of the republic because I’m embarrassed about all the bad things the state has done to the people,” President Xanana Gusmao said in a rambling, 90-minute address to the nation. Many East Timorese say Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri’s decision to fire 600 disgruntled soldiers in March was to blame for clashes and gang warfare in the capital that left at least 30 people dead and sent nearly 150,000 people fleeing their homes.Full Story

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