*Timor Post, September 29, 2008 Translated from Tetun
Timor-Leste is difficult to get funds from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) from the US, because a lot of corruption found in the country, says Social Democratic President, Mario Viegas Carrascalao.
Macarascalao said based on the report made by International Transparency (IT) publicized last week that corruption in Timor-Leste was critical and led the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) Government's position lower compared with last year.
"It is difficult for timor-Leste get the MCC funds, because there are a lot of corruptions in the state institutions," Carrascalao said.
Carrascalao added the Government should make efforts to combat corruption in the country and try to make changes to the system of transparency.
*Alkatiri does not believe Timor-Leste will get MCC funds
*Diario Nacional, September 29, 2008 Translated from Tetun
Former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, said he did not believe Timor-Leste to get funds from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), because corruption in the country was so high.
Alkatiri said the MCC funds was from the US people and should not be going through a way of corruption.
Alkatiri also said there was no proper condition in the country to receive more funding support from other countries.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres has questioned the report made by the International transparency and urging them to show where the corruption was found.