DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timorese voted Saturday in their second election for parliament in less than a year after the collapse of a minority government.
A three-party alliance led by independence hero Xanana Gusmao's National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction party is vying against Fretilin, which headed the short-lived government formed following July's election.
Polls closed at 3 p.m. and preliminary results may not be known until Sunday.
VIKEKE, East Timor (AP) — East Timorese independence hero Xanana Gusmao has called on supporters not to be provoked after campaigning for next weekend's elections was marred by violence.
Gusmao's National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction party said 18 of its supporters in Vikeke district were injured over the weekend and two vehicles were damaged in an attack by members of rival faction Fretilin.
DILI, East Timor (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta has waded back into the young country's politics ahead of parliamentary elections next month, calling the government a total failure in the past decade in crucial areas such as reducing child malnutrition and providing clean water.
DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor's political parties kicked off a month of campaigning Tuesday for new parliamentary elections due in May with promises to boost development in one of Asia's poorest nations.
It will be the second parliamentary election in less than a year for East Timor's fledgling democracy. A minority government formed after elections last July and led by the Fretilin party collapsed in January after its policy program and budget were defeated in parliament.
DILI, East Timor (AP) — Thousands of East Timorese lined the road to the capital's international airport on Sunday to cheer returning independence hero Xanana Gusmao for leading negotiations that settled the sea border between the impoverished country and Australia.
Gusmao, whose party lost power in parliamentary elections last year, was greeted at Dili's tiny airport with cries of "Viva Xanana Gusmao."
East Timor president calls new elections to break deadlock
DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor will hold new elections after the minority government formed last year was unable to get its policy program and budget through parliament, the country's president said Friday.
President Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres said he had dissolved the parliament. He has yet to announce an election date.
"I ask the people to vote again. We will all go to vote. We will all go to elections to improve our democracy," he said.
DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor's two main political parties won enough votes in a weekend parliamentary election to form another national unity government but lost ground to opposition forces in a sign of frustration with slow economic progress.
East Timor votes for president in test for young nation
DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor voted for a new president Monday in an election that will test Asia's newest and poorest nation.
Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres, a former guerrilla leader from the leftist Fretilin party, was up against seven other candidates. He and the Democratic Party's Antonio da Conceicao, the minister of education and social affairs, were the front-runners.
While East Timor's president has a mostly ceremonial role, the prime minister heads the government.
East Timor leaders to visit Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two top leaders of East Timor are scheduled to speak at Rhode Island College.
Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araujo and former president Xanana Gusmao plan to speak at 10 a.m. Monday at the college's Alger Hall in Providence.
Gusmao is a former guerrilla leader who became East Timor's first president in 2002 after the country gained independence from Indonesia. He was later a prime minister and is now the nation's minister of planning and strategic investment.