East Timor

Voting for a new president


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East Timor has voted in its second presidential election and the first where it looked after its own security as United Nations troops prepare to leave the country later this year.

The vote for the largely ceremonial but hugely significant presidential post started at 7 a.m. and finished at 3 p.m. local time.

Around 600,000 voters were eligible to vote for one of twelve candidates. The front runners are Jose Ramos Horta the current president seeking a second term, a former military chief, Taur Matan Ruak and a former Speaker of the parliament, Francisco Guetteres.

Results aren’t expected until early next week.

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