13 October 2017

Timor-Leste’s Presidential Election: Several Firsts, but no Generational Change

Lu-Olo East Timor's New President
Article by Sue Ingram First Published 29 March 2017 Timor-Leste’s Presidential Election: Several Firsts, but no Generational Change

Extract: Timor-Leste’s presidential election on 20 March produced a number of firsts.

For the first time, a candidate from a political party rather than an independent has been elected; for the first time since Timor-Leste became a nation in 2002, a candidate has won office in the first round of voting; for the first time, an election was conducted without the logistical and security support of a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission deployed in the country; and for the first time, some out-of-country Timorese were able to vote.

But in one important respect this election marks more of the same: once again, a senior figure from Timor-Leste’s historical resistance movement has won the office of president...

Source: https://www.academia.edu/34835468/Timor-Leste_s_Presidential_Election_Several_Firsts_but_no_Generational_Change

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