25 July 2017
July 25, 2017 Following on from Professor Michael Leach's excellent article, Timor-Leste elections suggest reframed cross-party government I have tracked down the Report of the Committee on Armed Services US House of Representatives - and yes - there on page 210 of the report, is this observation by the Committee: Full article here: http://timfo.org/new-blog-avenue/2017/7/25/eyes-on-oz-global-attention-on-the-conciliation-outcome
FRETILIN: 29.66% Mari Alkatiri
CNRT: 29.46% Xanana Gusmao
PLP (Popular Liberation Party): 10% (Taur Matan Ruak)
PD (Democratic Party): 10% (Fernando de Araújo)
Khunto (Kmanek Haburas Unidade Nacional Timor Oan): 7%
The poll came at a tough time for the tiny, impoverished country, with key oil reserves running dry while the government struggles to resolve a long-running row with Australia over lucrative energy fields.
But despite fears of violence, there were no reports of unrest in the campaign and on the day of the Sunday poll, the first parliamentary election since the departure of United Nations peacekeepers in 2012. Full story here: https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/36479520/east-timor-set-for-new-coalition-after-ruling-parties-win-poll/#page1
23 July 2017
Twenty-one political parties are vying for 65 parliamentary seats amid widespread concern over successive government's failure to use the predominantly Catholic nation's petroleum fund wisely in developing non oil and gas sectors, and creating jobs.
Full story here: http://www.ucanews.com/news/asias-most-catholic-nation-heads-to-polls/79817
The parliamentary election will determine the country's prime minister. The official results of the election is expected to be announced by Aug. 6, although preliminary results should come much earlier.
Full story at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-timor-election-idUSKBN1A705U
East Timor's two largest parties are leading in the parliamentary elections, as counting continues into the night.
No official numbers had been released by 10pm local time on Saturday, but unofficial results had the two main parties, the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN) and the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT), taking the majority of votes.
The two parties formed a de facto coalition in 2015, ushering in a new era of greater stability and unity.
But early indicators suggest voters have also shown support for opposition parties, including the Democratic Party (PD) the newly established People's Liberation Party (PLP) and the emerging Khunto party, Michael Leach, Timorese expert from Swinburne University told AAP.
Full story here: https://thewest.com.au/politics/main-parties-in-front-in-east-timor-vote-ng-s-1751383
9News Polling booths have closed across East Timor in what observers say has been a largely peaceful election, where voters have been focusing on corruption, basic needs and economic opportunities for its young population.
Around 750,000 people were registered to vote in the parliamentary elections on Saturday, in which a colourful mix of 21 parties competed for 65 seats.
While there was a formal complaint made by the popular Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN) of voter intimidation in villages in Baucau, in the country's east, in the capital Dili polling day has been peaceful.
Read more http://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/07/22/03/32/e-timorese-vote-in-parliamentary-elections
TIMOR.INFO Are you kidding me? Australia's statements on Maritime Boundaries at the UN. June 13, 2017 Read the full article here: http://timfo.org/new-blog-avenue/2017/6/13/are-you-kidding-me-australias-statements-on-maritime-boundaries-at-the-un
The arrogance and hypocrisy of the Australian Government are staggering!