22 October 2017

Who is KHUNTO? Kmanek Haburas Unidade Nasional Timor Oan

ETLJB 22/10/2017 Brief Backgrounder on KHUNTO. Will it be the kingmaker in Timor-Leste?

KHUNTO was officially registered on 22 June 2011 and is affiliated with the martial arts group Korka.

In the 2012 parliamentary elections it received 2.97% of the vote, narrowly failing to cross the electoral threshold of 3%.

However, in the 2017 parliamentary elections the party's vote share increased to 6.43% and it won five seats in the National Parliament.

The party has strong links to martial arts groups, which date back to the Indonesian era.

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