Today Xanana was sworn in as Prime Minister and the new government announced. It was almost a clean sweep as the AMP alliance cleaned out most of the Fretilin government even the Minister of Health who was loved by all. Xanana has promised a lot, like most politicians, let’s just hope he can live up to some of it. Hey, I am an optimist. Quite a bit is going to change in the government besides just the changing of people as the structure has been changed. New ministries have been created even one for fisheries. Huh? People laughed as they heard announcements of certain ministries new ministers cause they believe they were inappropriate people or like the Ministry of Planning and Finance… who’s office was burned to the ground only yesterday by demonstrations alleging this illegal formation of the government. I don’t know what the constitution says but it does seem weird that Fretilin, with 30% of the vote and the winner of the election, has not been included in its formation. Oh well.
The department of water and sanitation will also be moved back under the Secretary of State along with Electricity and a new department called Urbanization. This looks real good for water and sanitation as the secretary of state has some technical background which will help to make good decisions. Only hours after being announced he even came by for a visit. That has got to be a great sign right? Laters