Failure of Timorese Government Checks & Balances

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Palasiu Governu

Every week, at every plenary meeting in parliament, the MPs always ask the executive government to present a police presence to answer for issues that related to security in the field. The individuals requested include SED, SES, and the police commander. But this request is always ignored by executive.

This shows that the branches of government are not working with each other. Neither are the branches providing good checks and balances against one another.

Fundasaun Mahein (FM) notes that this lack of response by the executive government to the MPs request in the legislative government is a symbol the systematic failure by the sovereign institutions to function as a check-and-balance.

Fundasaun Mahein (FM) asks that executive government not use parliament solely as a stamp with which to approve the budget. The functioning of checks and balances should run smoothly. In the end, FM recommends the Prime Minister to order his respective ministers respond positively to request coming from Parliament, particularly with respect to their concerns in the security sectors.

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