East Timor president picks former health minister Araujo as new PM

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Posted: Feb 10, 2015 6:42 AM

DILI (Reuters) - East Timor's president has picked a former health minister, Rui Araujo, as the new prime minister, the government said on Tuesday.

The government said in a statement the president had accepted Araujo's nomination by the biggest party in parliament.

The former prime minister, Xanana Gusmao, a guerrilla leader who helped end Indonesian rule in 2002, resigned last week to allow a younger generation to lead a nation that ranks among the world's poorest, despite abundant gas resources.

(Reporting by Lirio Da Fonseca; Writing by Eveline Danubrata; Editing by Robert Birsel)