Monday, August 6, 2007

East Timor Erupts In Violence After New Prime Minister Named

DILI, East Timor: Xanana Gusmão, a leader in the struggle for independence, was named East Timor's new prime minister Monday, triggering fresh violence in the capital a year after bloody street battles led to the collapse of the government.

Despite hopes that the appointment would end months of political tension, the country's largest party immediately slammed the decision as illegal. Youths in Dili, the capital, set up barricades of burning tires and set a tax office on fire, witnesses said.

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