East Timor extended emergency rule after assassination attempts


On February 13, 2008, the National Parliament of East Timor voted to extend the state of emergency imposed earlier that week after attacks against President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao. During the attack, Horta was critically wounded and rebel leader Alfredo Reinado was killed. The parliament voted to extend the state of emergency for 10 days in order to restore peace to the country following the assassination attempts, and to quell any future violence feared after the death of Reinado, who had led previous revolts against the government and who drew wide support from some members of the ruling coalition.

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