2. History and Politics


East Timorese do have a complex history and many of the current problems and issues can only be understood in terms of a careful study of their experiences with pre-colonial, colonial, Indonesian, and United Nations Transitional Administration periods.

a. Pre-colonial history

b. Portuguese contact and historical experience

c. Indonesian occupation

d. On the road to full independence: United National Transitional Administration

e. The New Nation: Democratic Republic of Timor Leste
    i. Structure of the Government
    ii. Heads of State
    iii. Parliamentary System
    iv. Ministries and Judiciary


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