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Ramos-Horta set to win East Timor presidency


Nepalnews
2022 Apr 20, 14:56, Dili
East Timorese presidential candidate who is also former President Jose Ramos-Horta shows his inked finger after casting his ballot at a polling station during the election in Dili, East Timor on March 19, 2022. Voters in East Timor are choosing a president in a runoff Tuesday, April 19, 2022 between former independence fighters who’ve blamed each other for years of political paralysis. (AP Photo)

East Timor’s former independence fighter and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta is set to win the presidential runoff election, according to over 60% of the votes counted Wednesday, defeating incumbent Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres for the second time in Asia’s youngest democracy.

Official results are not expected until next week, but Ramos-Horta, who led resistance during Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor, had 61.72% of the votes counted so far. Guterres was trailing with 38.28% and had promised to accept the outcome.

The runoff was held peacefully on Tuesday. Ramos-Horta had a commanding lead in the first round but failed to exceed the 50% threshold for the victory.

Ramos-Horta, East Timor’s president from 2007 to 2012, and Guterres have blamed each other for years of political paralysis. The two also squared off in a second round in 2007.


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