DILI, East Timor (AFP) — Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta scored a landslide victory in East Timor’s presidential election, in line with preliminary outcomes revealed Wednesday by the election secretariat.
The 72-year-old secured 397,145 votes, or 62.09 %, towards incumbent Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres’ 242,440, or 37.91 %, the secretariat’s web site confirmed in spite of everything ballots had been counted.
“The depend of the district, nationwide and regional vote has been accomplished,” stated Acilino Manuel Branco, basic director of the election secretariat.
The election outcomes nonetheless have to be validated by the nation’s electoral fee.
The victory provides Ramos-Horta his second time period in workplace. He served as president of Southeast Asia’s youngest nation from 2007 to 2012 and was additionally the nation’s second prime minister since independence.
“The elections had been aggressive, and the marketing campaign was largely peaceable,” EU observer Domenec Ruiz Devesa stated Wednesday, including the counting course of had been assessed “positively”.
Ramos-Horta shall be inaugurated on Could 20 — the twentieth anniversary of East Timor’s independence from Indonesia, which occupied the previous Portuguese colony for twenty-four years.
He had pledged to make use of his five-year time period to interrupt a longstanding impasse between the 2 major political events.
The election may set off a interval of uncertainty, as Ramos-Horta has beforehand indicated he would possibly dissolve the parliament if he gained the election.
Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa known as Ramos-Horta on Wednesday to convey “the warmest congratulations on the election as President of the Republic of Timor-Leste”, in line with a press launch from the presidency.
Almost 860,000 folks within the tiny nation of 1.3 million had been eligible to vote, and greater than 75 % of voters turned as much as forged their ballots within the second spherical.
– Re-match –
This week’s vote was a rematch of the 2007 presidential ballot that additionally noticed Ramos-Horta win handily, with 69 % of the votes.
Ramos-Horta stated he got here out of retirement to run as soon as extra as a result of he believed the outgoing president had violated the structure.
Ramos-Horta was dominant within the election’s March 19 first spherical, successful 46 % of votes versus Guterres’ 22 %, however did not safe the wanted majority.
The Nobel laureate benefited from the backing of Xanana Gusmao, the nation’s first president and present chief of the Nationwide Congress of the Reconstruction of Timor-Leste (CNRT), typically a kingmaker in East Timor.
Ramos-Horta was awarded a Nobel prize for peace in 1996 for his efforts in facilitating battle decision within the nation. In 2008, he survived an assassination try.
The brand new president faces the daunting job of lifting the nation out of poverty.
East Timor continues to be reeling from the financial affect of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the World Financial institution has stated that 42 % of the inhabitants lives under the poverty line.
© Agence France-Presse
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