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.