East Timor

President loses bid for second term


Jose Ramos Horta has lost his bid to take a second term after coming third in Saturday’s presidential election.

The front runner in what will now lead to a second round runoff is Francisco Guterres who took 28.45% of the vote. He will contest the runoff against former military commander Taur Matan Ruak (José Maria Vasconcelos) who took 25.16% of the vote.

Jose Ramos Horta came third with 17.81%. The president has conceded defeat and congratulated the other candidates with the second round runoff likely to be on 16th April.

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