Since the 1999 referendum on independence, Timor-Leste has made significant progress in the development of governance institutions. National institutions, non-existent in 1999, are now safeguarding stability and democracy. Successive governments have taken concrete steps to improve the lives of citizens and lay the groundwork for development. The judiciary has made important gains in upholding the rule of law. Both the national police and the armed forces have bolstered their ability to ensure the safety and security of Timorese citizens. UNDP has worked in tandem with successive governments to help establish and strengthen legal frameworks and institutional processes and systems.
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