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Ramos-Horta leads in Timor-Leste election, with chance of runoff

Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta secured a commanding lead in Timor-Leste’s presidential poll on the weekend with two-thirds of the vote counted, however with the likelihood of a second spherical if no candidate secures a majority.

Asia’s youngest nation held its fifth presidential election since independence from Indonesia in 2002, with resistance determine Ramos-Horta main with 45.7 per cent after 64 per cent of the votes had been counted, information from the nation’s election administration physique confirmed.

The subsequent closest candidate was incumbent president and former guerrilla fighter Fransisco “Lu Olo” Guterres, with 22.5 per cent.

A extra definitive image of the outcomes is anticipated afterward Monday, but when no candidate secures greater than 50 per cent of votes, the ballot will proceed to a runoff on Apr 19 between the highest two contenders.

Speaking in the capital, Dili, on Sunday, Ramos-Horta mentioned he was assured of an early victory.

“My election in the first round … will in fact cause a political earthquake in the national parliament, that will cause a disintegration of current alliances,” he mentioned.

The 72-year-old, who beforehand served as president from 2007 to 2012, mentioned final week that he felt compelled to run once more after he deemed actions by the incumbent president had violated the structure.

In Timor-Leste, the president is liable for appointing the federal government and likewise has the ability to veto ministers and dissolve parliament.

In 2018, incumbent president Guterres refused to swear in seven ministers on the grounds of judicial inquiries into their alleged misconduct, a transfer that has sparked an ongoing political stalemate.

Nearing twenty years since independence after a brutal occupation by Indonesia, Timor-Leste, an oil and gasoline dependent nation of 1.3 million, has struggled with political stability and growth.

 

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