Jul 24, 2017

Which parties will form a governing coalition in East Timor?

The surprise outcome of the elections was the rise of Khunto, which looks to have taken five seats.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

With 83% of the votes counted in East Timor’s elections, it appears that five of 21 parties have gained enough votes to be represented in the next parliament, with Fretilin and CNRT strengthening their dominance of the country’s political landscape.

Early indications of the allocation of seats based on the party list vote showed Fretilin is likely to take 23 seats in the 65-seat unicameral legislature. CNRT looks as though it will take 22 seats. This is consistent with expectations and is notable in demonstrating a closing gap between the two parties’ popularity.

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2 thoughts on “Which parties will form a governing coalition in East Timor?

  1. Barbara Haan

    If only ASIO, under Alexander Downer’s guidance, hadn’t completely wrecked Australia’s credibility.

    1. Barbara Haan

      Should have read ASIS. That was under his control as Foreign Minister, not ASIO.

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