Opposition parties proud of the first woman elected as House Speaker

Opposition parties proud of the first woman elected as House Speaker

New President of National Parliament, Maria Fernanda Lay (Photo Tatoli/António Daciparu)

DILI, 22 june 2023 (TATOLI) – Opposition parties are proud that Timor-Leste showed its commitment to fighting gender inequality by electing Maria Fernanda Lay, from the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT), as Timor-Leste’s first female to lead the house of Representatives.

Quoted from (FRETILIN), Mari Alkatiri Facebook page

The Secretary General of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN), Mari Alkatiri writes on his Facebook page: “I believe that not only CNRT agreed with the decision to elect Maria Fernanda Lay as the first female President of the National Parliament. But so do I, as I clearly understand the socio-political situation of Timor-Leste, by looking at the Emancipation of Women that began with the national heroines Rosa Muki Bonaparte and Merita Alves.

“Despite our political differences, we are very pleased to see a Timorese woman elected as the President of the National Parliament,” Alkatiri posted on his Facebook, today.

The spokesperson for Kmanek Haburas Unidade Nasional Timor Oan (KHUNTO), António Verdial de Sousa, also expressed his contentment with the newly elected Speaker of the House.

“I would like to say that the emancipation of women is very important for this country. Therefore, as an opposition party, KHUNTO is proud of the newly elected Speaker of the House. This is the first time that we have a woman leading the National Parliament,” Verdial said.

He stressed that with the leadership of a woman in the National Parliament, KHUNTO is committed to contributing to the development of the country.

FRETILIN and KHUNTO pledge to be “constructive opposition”

FRETILIN and KHUNTO had promised to be the constructive opposition parties in the National Parliament for the next five-year period.

“FRETILIN has been chosen for constructive opposition in the national parliament,” FRETILIN President, Francisco Guterres ‘Lu Olo’ told reporters following the inauguration ceremony of the new parliament, in Dili, today.

The same commitment was made by KHUNTO’s spokesperson, António Verdial: “KHUNTO wants to participate in all processes of building a democratic rule of law and will support all programs that respond to the needs of the people and the State.”

“We will carry out our duties and functions based on the constitutional mandate to represent the rights and aspirations of the people,” Verdial said.

Timor-Leste’s new parliament was sworn in today after parliamentary elections last month, with MP Maria Fernanda Lay, from the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT), elected as the new president of the National Parliament.

The 65-seat chamber kicked off its first plenary session, today, in which Maria Fernanda Lay began exercising her new duties as house speaker for the period 2023 to 2028.

The swearing ceremony was presided over by the outgoing President of Parliament, Aniceto Longuinhos Guterres Lopes. 

Maria Fernanda Lay was elected as the new speaker with 45 votes in favor, zero against, 19 abstentions, and one blank.

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Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges




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