Quitting politics Timor-style – via SMS
June 27th, 2006

When East Timor’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta resigned his government posts, he did so via a cellphone text message, according to IOL.

“Ramos-Horta told a news briefing that he had sent an SMS to Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri announcing his intention to quit on Sunday, and received a reply in the same format from the premier. “I explained myself in a subsequent text message,” he said.

The country has been embroiled for months in a political crisis and text messaging has emerged as the fastest and most reliable means of communication.

Thousands of protesters clamouring for Alkatiri’s resignation have been mobilising themselves via SMS, and news of him stepping down on Monday spread rapidly through text messages.”


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