Looks like a first

CNE’s provisional count indicates that Ramos-Horta will be President.

He will be the first person to be elected President of a country [for the first time] after having received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Aung San Suu Kyi, next?


2 thoughts on “Looks like a first

  1. Oscar Arias did it before Ramos-Horta. He received the peace prize in 1987 and was re-elected president in 2006. His first term ended in 1990.

  2. Well, technically Oscar Arias was elected in 1986 on the PLN ticket. According to Wikidpedia, he took office on May 8, 1986. He won the award on December 10, 1987. Here’s his acceptance speech. (A name appropriate for Timor: “Peace has no Finishing Line”). He said:

    I do not receive this prize as Oscar Arias. Nor do I receive it as President of my country. I lack the arrogance to claim to represent anyone or anything, but I do not fear the humility which identifies me with the great causes shared by all. I receive it as one of four hundred million Latin Americans, who seek—in the return to freedom and in the practice of democracy—the way to overcome tremendous misery and injustice.

    So he was in office when he won the award. I guess what I meant was, the first person who became president after winning the award, who was not awarded for actions as President or awarded while acting President.

    Thanks for drawing my attention to Arias, an interesting counterpoint to Ramos-Horta.

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