High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão GCL (born José Alexandre Gusmão, on 20 June 1946) is a former militant who was the first President of East Timor, serving from May 2002 to May 2007. HE later became the fourth and current Prime Minister of East Timor on 8 August 2007. GUsmão was born to mestiço school teacher parents (of mixed Portuguese-Timorese ancestry) in Manatuto in what was then Portuguese Timor, and attended a Jesuit high school just outside of Dili. AFter leaving high-school for financial reasons at the age of fifteen, he held a variety of unskilled jobs, while continuing his education at night school. IN 1965, at the age of 19, he met Emilia Batista, who was later to become his wife. HIs nickname, "Xanana", was taken from the musical lyric, "Sha-na-na".