East Timor's prime minister, Jose Ramos-Horta, says he will resign if anyone wants him to leave office.

Mr. Ramos-Horta said Wednesday he took the post because he was asked to, not because he wanted the job.

The Nobel Peace laureate took office in July to replace Mari Alkatiri, who stepped down after violence terrorized the capital in May. At least 21 people were killed and tens of thousands of others were forced from their homes as rival security forces and gang members battled on the streets of Dili.

Mr. Ramos-Horta's warning follows reports that his opponents may be planning a demonstration against him.

Thousands of foreign peacekeepers were sent to the country to help control the unrest in May. The international police forces formally handed over their authority to the United Nations Wednesday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.