National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction
Published 10th February, 2012
The National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction or CNRT was founded by Xanana Gusmão in 2007, just before the parliamentary elections. The party describes itself as centre-left and believes in democratic socialism, social democracy and progressivism.
In the 2007 general election the party won 18 of the 65 seats in the National Parliament. Although the second largest party after the election, the CNRT were able to put together a coalition and after weeks of discussions and disputes President Ramos-Horta asked the CNRT to form a government with Xanana Gusmão as prime minister.