Timor-Leste president returns home

Other News Materials 17 April 2008 09:26 (UTC +04:00)

( Xinhua ) - Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta returned home Thursday after more than two months of treatment in Australia for gunshot wounds sustained in an assassination attempt in February, according to media reports from Dili.

The president was welcomed by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, opposition leader Mari Alkatiri and other government officials as well as more than 1,000 supporters at the Dili airport.

Ramos-Horta was shot and critically wounded in a rebel attack at his home in capital Dili on Feb. 11 when Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao was also attacked but escaped unharmed. Ramos-Horta was immediately taken to the Australian city Darwin for treatment.

At a press conference at the airport, Ramos-Horta thanked the parliament, government officials and the people of his country for their support.

He also asked the leader of rebels to surrender.