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President of East Timor
Portuguese: Presidente da República
Tetum: Prezidente Republika
Coat of arms of East Timor.svg
Coat of arms of East Timor
President of Timor Leste Francisco Guterres.jpg
Francisco Guterres

since 20 May 2017
Style His Excellency
Residence Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace
Appointer Direct election
Term length Five years
Inaugural holder Francisco Xavier do Amaral
Formation 28 November 1975

The President of East Timor, officially the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (Portuguese: Presidente da República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Tetum: Prezidente Republika Demokratika Timor-Leste), is the head of state in East Timor.

The president is elected by popular vote for a five-year term. Their powers are somewhat limited, though they are able to veto legislation. Following elections, the president usually appoints as the prime minister, the leader of the majority party or majority coalition.

List of Presidents of East Timor


Political parties
  •      FRETILIN
  •      National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT)
  •      Democratic Party (PD)
Other factions
  • Assassinated

Presidents of East Timor during War for Independence

Portrait Name
Elected Term of office Time in office Political Party
1 Francisco Xavier do Amaral.jpg Francisco Xavier do Amaral
28 November 1975 7 December 1975 9 days FRETILIN
2 Rotunda do Aeroporto.jpg Nicolau dos Reis Lobato
7 December 1975 31 December 1978 24 days FRETILIN

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of East Timor

Portrait Name
Elected Term of office Time in office Political Party
3 Xanana 2011.jpg Xanana Gusmão
2002 20 May 2002 20 May 2007 5 years Independent
4 José Ramos-Horta Portrait.jpg José Ramos-Horta
2007 20 May 2007 20 May 2012 5 years Independent
Vicente da Silva Guterres.jpg Vicente Guterres
Ad Interim
11 February 2008 13 February 2008 2 days CNRT
Fernando de Araújo.jpg Fernando de Araújo
Ad Interim
13 February 2008 17 April 2008 65 days PD
5 President Taur Matan Ruak.jpg Taur Matan Ruak
2012 20 May 2012 20 May 2017 5 years Independent
6 President of Timor Leste Francisco Guterres.jpg Francisco Guterres
2017 20 May 2017 Incumbent 1 year,

329 days

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