Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsGeography · 1 decade ago

Is East Timor an independent country now?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    -- Yes, East Timor is an independent country since May 20, 2002. .------In late 1975, East Timor declared its independence, but later that year was invaded and occupied by Indonesia and was declared Indonesia's 27th province the following year. In 1999, following the United Nations-sponsored act of self-determination, Indonesia relinquished control of the territory and East Timor became the first new sovereign state of the 21st century on May 20, 2002. ----------- Maps and Images of East Timor

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, it is a young, shaky democracy that may require assistance from stronger nations to maintain its hold on power. Stability is the key issue until the next elections scheduled for May 2012.

    In recent news, "Although East Timor's government has survived a no-confidence motion in parliament, there still is considerable anger over the prime minister's decision to release a pro-Indonesia militia leader charged with war crimes. This crisis is another test for a fledgling democracy."

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