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His Excellency
Taur Matan Ruak
José Maria Vasconcelos
President of East Timor
Assumed office
20 May 2012
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão
Preceded by José Ramos-Horta
Personal details
Born 10 October 1956 (1956-10-10) (age 63)
Baguia, Portuguese Timor
(now East Timor)
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Isabel da Costa Ferreira
Religion Roman Catholicism
Military service
Years of service 1975–2011
Rank Major General
Commands Ponta Leste Sector
Timor Leste Defence Force
Battles/wars Indonesian occupation of East Timor

Taur Matan Rauk (born José Maria Vasconcelos; October 10, 1956) is a East Timorese politician.[1] He became President of East Timor in May 2012.[2]


  1. "E.Timor celebrates a decade of independence", Agence France-Presse, 20 May 2012.
  2. "Biography of Commander F-FDTL". East Timor Ministry of Defence and Security website. East Timor Ministry of Defence and Security. Retrieved 23 March 2008.