East Timor in turmoil

Photo by by Jeffrey Kingston The attempted assassination of East Timor (Timor Leste) President Jose Ramos-Horta may well signal further turmoil in the fledgling, fragile country, becoming merely the latest grim event in two years of continuing chaos that shows little sign of ending soon. It is driven by dissatisfaction with the country’s largely ineffective leadership, compounded by rampant unemployment and an internally displaced population that could be as large as 10 percent.

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