East Timor

Coalition announcement leads to violence


Anger that the Freitlin party will be excluded from government, now that prime minister Xanana Gusmao has announced a National Congress for the Reconstruction of East Timor (CNRT) coalition with the Democratic party and Frenti-Mudan├ža, have led to police clashes with Freitlin supporters.

Although official results have not yet been published, preliminary reports suggest that the CNRT has won 30 seats, whilst Freitlin have come second with 25. The two smaller parties have won 10 seats between them and would enable the formation of a coalition government.

President Taur Matan Ruak has met with the leaders of all four parties and appealed for an end to the violence, which has led to the death of one person and a left a number of others injured.

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