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Timor-Leste PM turns traffic cop

Tuesday 8 Jan 2013 11:12 a.m.

Timor-Leste's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao (C) directs motorists as he tries to clear a traffic jam outside the presidential office in Dili (EPA/AAP)

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By 3 News online staff

Timor-Leste's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao took a break from his regular duties yesterday to direct traffic in the country’s capital Dili.

Mr Gusmao stepped out of his car to direct drivers after getting stuck in a traffic jam outside the presidential office, NBC reports.

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As a former leader of the militant resistance against Indonesian rule in Timor-Leste, Mr Gusmao became the first president of the country in 2002. He has been prime minister since 2007.

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