East Timor PM resigns after political coalition collapses

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FILE PHOTO: East Timor’s Taur Matan Ruak speaks during a joint news conference at Belem presidential palace in Lisbon, Portugal September 20, 2013. REUTERS/Hugo Correia

DILI (Reuters) – The prime minister of East Timor has sent a letter of resignation to the president, he said on Tuesday, as the tiny Southeast Asian nation faces new political instability after the collapse of a coalition supporting him in parliament.

“I have sent a (resignation) letter to the president,” Taur Matan Ruak told reporters after meeting President Francisco Guterres.

He said he was prepared to stay in office until the resignation was accepted, so as “to guarantee government activities in our country”.

Reporting by Nelson Da Cruz; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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