The get together of East Timorese independence hero Xanana Gusmão received probably the most votes within the nation’s parliamentary elections, based on preliminary outcomes, elevating his probabilities of returning as prime minister.
Gusmão’s Nationwide Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) received about 42 % of the vote in spite of everything ballots had been counted, based on electoral fee knowledge launched by nationwide broadcaster Radio-Televisão Timor Leste.
The Revolution Entrance for an Impartial Timor-Leste (Fretilin), the get together of Prime Minister José María Vasconcelos, popularly often known as Taur Matan Ruak, got here in second with round 26 % of the vote.
The rest was divided amongst 15 events.
Sunday’s contest was the fifth parliamentary election since East Timor, also referred to as Timor-Leste, lastly secured its independence in 2002 after 25 years underneath the management of neighboring Indonesia.
Lots of its most distinguished post-independence politicians are veterans of the struggle in opposition to Indonesian rule, and the most recent election was heralded as a battle between two resistance heroes, Gusmão, now 76, and Fretilin’s Mari Alkatiri. , of 73.
The previous Portuguese colony of 1.3 million individuals should now wait to see who will likely be chosen as prime minister by the newly shaped legislature.
Final yr, the independence chief and Nobel laureate José Ramos-Horta, additionally from the CNRT get together, was elected president, after a interval of political uncertainty.
Gusmão, a former insurgent chief, was the primary president of East Timor and served as prime minister from 2007 till his resignation in 2015.