February 25, 2007

NOT RESTING ON THEIR LAUREATES:

Timorese independence leader declares bid for presidency (The Associated Press, February 25, 2007)

The Nobel laureate and prime minister of East Timor, José Ramos-Horta, told a cheering crowd in his hometown Sunday that he would stand in presidential elections in April, vowing to help return peace and stability to the troubled nation.

Ramos-Horta, who shared a Nobel Peace Prize for leading nonviolent resistance to Indonesian rule, said in his candidacy speech that he went through "weeks of reflection and hesitation" before deciding to run during the worst crisis since East Timor became independent from Jakarta in 1999.

"We laid down the arms after the fight against the occupation, but now our fight is for our future," he said, speaking in the local Tetum language. "In this new fight, each Timorese citizen has the responsibility to serve their country."


What's with the suddenly useful Peace prize winners?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 25, 2007 1:17 PM
Comments

For a counter-example, the semi-fraud Rigoberta_Menchú is running for president of Guatemala.

Posted by: PapayaSF at February 25, 2007 3:41 PM

Hey, then maybe Jimmy Carter could run for POTUS again. After all, he only served one term. Time for another Cleveland?

Posted by: obc at February 25, 2007 4:42 PM
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