28 July 2012

Summary of Changes in the Composition of the National Parliament following the 2012 Legislative Election

East Timor Legal News 28 July 2012 This is a brief summary of the changes on the composition of the East Timor National Parliament following the 2012 legislative elections and a comparison with the results from the 2007 election.

2007 Election
In the 2007/2012 Parliament, the following parties had the following number of seats:

Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor
(Frente Revolucionária do Timor-Leste Independente)          21 seats

National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction
(Congresso Nacional da Reconstrução Timorense)              18 seats

Social Democratic Party
(Partido Social Democrata) &
Timorese Social Democratic Association
(Associaçao Social-Democratica de Timor)                          11 seats

Democratic Party (Partido Democrático)                                8 seats

National Unity Party (Partido Unidade Nacional)                      3 seats

Democratic Alliance (Aliança Democratica)
Association of Timorese Heroes (Klibur Oan Timor Asuwain)
People's Party of Timor (Partido do Povo de Timor)                  2 seats

National Unity of Timorese Resistance
(União Nacional Democrática de Resistência Timorense)         2 seats

Out of those 9 parties that held seats in the Parliament during the 2007-2012 term, only 3 survived the 2012 election with one new party gaining seats. The 2012-2017 Parliament will be composed of the following parties:

2012 Election
National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction
(Congresso Nacional da Reconstrução Timorense)              30 seats

Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor
(Frente Revolucionária do Timor-Leste Independente)           25 seats

Democratic Party (Partido Democrático)                             8 seats

Frente Mundanca                                                               2 seats

The Social Democratic Party, the Timorese Social Democratic Association, the National Unity Party, and the Democratic Alliance comprised of the Association of Timorese Heroes and the People's Party of Timor were completely annihilated at the 2012 election.
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