Asia-Pacific

Jul 9, 2012

Gusmao victory consolidates democracy in Timor-Leste

After changing government in 2007, the people of Timor-Leste have again voted strategically, to focus their vote on the major parties.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

The results of the parliamentary elections in Timor-Leste on Saturday have resulted in two outcomes: a major boost in the vote for CNRT, the party of prime minister Xanana Gusmao, from 24% to 36% of the total vote; and more importantly, the consolidation of the democratic process in Timor-Leste just 10 years after achieving independence.

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