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Yearbook 2011

Timor. According to Countryaah official site, East Timor applied for membership in the ASEAN regional association in March. Several countries, especially the former occupation authority Indonesia, supported the application while others were more skeptical. ASEAN's foreign ministers were tasked with investigating whether East Timor has the resources to participate in the cooperation.

2011 East Timor

UN development program UNDP in January criticized East Timor for insufficient efforts against youth unemployment and for answering war criminals. The Security Council urged the government to decontaminate the police force from suspected police officers before taking over responsibility for enforcing law and order. This happened in March. The UN force UNMIT, consisting mainly of police officers, will remain after the 2012 presidential election, but only to provide training and support to the domestic police.

In May, a court released the Deputy Prime Minister from charges of corruption. Later, however, both the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Finance became subject to judicial inquiry into corruption. Sources within the Fretilin government party said several other ministers were suspected of being involved in questionable affairs, and Secretary-General Mari Alkatiri, the country's first prime minister, accused Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão of weak leadership.

Corruption is expected to be a major issue ahead of the 2012 elections.

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