Timor's deputy PM Mario Carrascalao quits after row over corruption with Xanana Gusmao
From: AFP September 08, 2010 4:49PM
EAST Timor's Deputy Prime Minister Mario Carrascalao has resigned over corruption after a public row with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.
Mr Carrascalao told reporters he could not tolerate being publicly insulted for blowing the whistle on “rampant” corruption in the finance industry.
Mr Gusmao reportedly called Mr Carrascalao, 73, a “stupid liar” after the deputy accused the Prime Minister of involvement in an alleged $300 million corruption case in the finance ministry.
“After 73 years, for the first time in my life, somebody called me a 'stupid liar'. As a normal citizen, I responded by resigning as Deputy Prime Minister,” Mr Carrascalao told reporters after submitting his resignation to Mr Gusmao.
“The corruption, collusion and nepotism remain rampant and the corruptors are protected in a mutual way. Many have spoken about corruption eradication but only a few have good intentions and remain on the front line.”