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.

After changing government in 2007, the people of Timor-Leste have again voted strategically to focus their vote on the major parties, with CNRT taking much of the vote away from the many smaller parties, which tended to reflect personalities rather than policies or party positions.

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