In 24 January 2011 UNDP and other UN Agencies held a planning retreat to plan UN projects in Timor-Leste. Tempo Semanal has obtained a copy of an internal presentation document used at this retreat - it can be view here.
In the UNMIT retreat on 24 January 2011, the UNMIT/UN Agencies powerpoint presentation outlines democratic goveranances discussed sustainable democratic governances in Timor-Leste. The 9 page document outlines UNMIT/UN Agency opinions about democratic goverances under the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao's AMP Government, and proposes UN action to develop governances. It also identifies what is feels are the obstacles presented to UN action in building governances by the Government of Prime Ministers Xanana Gusmao.
The presentation highlight the fact that the United nations considers Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao himself to be a major obstacle to the development of democratic governance in Timor-Leste.
In regard to "Constitutionalism" the presentation states that an "Anticipated Gap" to "Constitutionalism", is the Prime Ministers.
The Presentation states:
"The Executive, especially the Prime Ministers seeking more and more power at the expense of Parliament and the Judiciary (the Audit Ct. will generate particular pol [political] hostility). By the end of 2012 this may have diminished the effective roles of the other two pillars and significantly reduced the accountability of the Executive and the rule of law, with the rule of the Prime Minister".
The UN presentation then points out examples of what they claim to be actions by the prime Minister which are obstacles to Constitutionalism.
"This can be seen in the structure of the 2011 Budget, the release of Maternus Bere, the hostile response of the PM (14/12/10) to the first Opinion of the State Accounts by the Ct. of Appeal, the Executives disregard of the ct. of Appeals's 2008 ruling on the unconstitutional withdrawal from the Petroleum Fund."