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  • Jan 11, 2012
  • 10:46 PM

East Timor: A Former Colony Mulls the Politics of Teaching Portuguese

Brendan Brady / Time
In 2001 an assembly elected to draft a constitution for newly independent East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste, chose Portuguese and Tetum as the official languages of the nation, to be used in parliament, schools and other public venues. Notably, the constitution and founding laws were drafted only in Portuguese.

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