15 July 2017

Timor-Leste's Political Unity

The Diplomat By Flavio Simoes July 12, 2017Don't  be fooled by the number of political parties. Timorese have a remarkable degree of consensus on major issues.
This is an election year in Timor-Leste, with the presidential election in March to be followed by the parliamentary elections, scheduled for July 22. Together, these polls will determine the leadership of the country for another five years.

The 2017 presidential election saw yet another former guerrilla fighter, this time Francisco Guterres LĂș-Olo, from one of the main parties, the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN), emerge as the victor.

On July 22, Timorese will once again head to the polls to vote for their new government and National Parliament representatives. Timorese take their civic duty to vote very seriously, with voter turnout in the presidential election at over 70 percent, just slightly lower than in the previous election.


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