STATE OF EMERGENCY
EAST TIMOR – 2008
East Timor remains on high alert after its Government declared a state of emergency on 12 February 2008, one day after assassination attempts on President Jose Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao. Security guards shot dead the fugitive rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, believed to have been behind the attack on the President. In 2006, Reinado led a group of disgruntled army officers in a revolt against the government. Their complaints of discrimination rallied others discontented over job opportunities, poor governance and factionalism.
Australia send an additional 340 military and police personnel into Dili to reinforce an international stabilization force of about 1,000 troops already in the country under a United Nations mandate.