Timor Leste votes for president in test for young nation

Posted March 20, 2017 1:13 pm by Editor

Timor Leste votes for president in test for young nation

Timor Leste or East Timor voted for a new president Monday in an election that will test Asia’s newest and poorest nation.  Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres, a former guerrilla leader from the leftist Fretilin party, was up against seven other candidates. He and the Democratic Party’s Antonio da Conceicao, the minister of education and social affairs, were the front-runners. While Timor Leste ‘s president has a mostly ceremonial role, the prime minister heads the government.

Guterres, 62, lost to current President Taur Matan Ruak in the 2012 presidential election. But in Monday’s election, he had strong support from former Prime Minister

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