President of East Timor

the head of state in East Timor, elected by popular vote for a five-year term

The President of East Timor, officially the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (Portuguese: Presidente da República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Tetum: Prezidente Republika Demokratika Timor-Leste), is the head of state in East Timor.

President of East Timor
Portuguese: Presidente da República
Tetum: Prezidente Republika
Coat of arms of East Timor.svg
President of Timor Leste Francisco Guterres.jpg
Francisco Guterres

since 20 May 2017
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceNicolau Lobato Presidential Palace
AppointerDirect election
Term lengthFive years
Inaugural holderFrancisco Xavier do Amaral
Formation28 November 1975

The president is elected by popular vote for a five-year term. Their powers are somewhat limited, though they are able to veto legislation. Following elections, the president usually appoints as the prime minister, the leader of the majority party or majority coalition.

List of presidents of East TimorEdit


Political parties
Other factions
  • X Assassinated

Presidents of East Timor during War for IndependenceEdit

Portrait Name
Elected Term of office Time in office Political party
1   Francisco Xavier do Amaral
28 November 1975 7 December 1975 9 days FRETILIN
2   Nicolau dos Reis Lobato
7 December 1975 31 December 1978X [1] 24 days FRETILIN

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of East TimorEdit

Portrait Name
Elected Term of office Time in office Political party
3   Xanana Gusmão
2002 20 May 2002 20 May 2007 5 years Independent
4   José Ramos-Horta
2007 20 May 2007 20 May 2012 5 years Independent
  Vicente Guterres
Ad Interim[3]
11 February 2008 13 February 2008 2 days CNRT
  Fernando de Araújo
Ad Interim[3]
13 February 2008 17 April 2008 65 days PD
5   Taur Matan Ruak
2012 20 May 2012 20 May 2017 5 years Independent
6   Francisco Guterres
2017 20 May 2017 Incumbent 1 year,

329 days



  1. Killed by the special forces of the Indonesian military
  2. Incapacitated from 11 February to 17 April 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 Served as President during the 2008 assassination attempts