DILI, East Timor (Reuters) — People started voting in East Timor on Monday (March 2) in an election that’s seeing two former resistance fighters vie for the presidential ticket.
Lines fashioned outdoors polling cubicles, as voters queued to select from a subject of eight candidates contesting the fourth presidential ballot since East Timor gained independence from Indonesia in 2002.
Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres, backed by the get together that led the independence wrestle, Fretilin, is regarded by many because the frontrunner. He has been endorsed by resistance hero Xanana Gusmao and his CNRT get together.
Another main candidate is Democratic Party politician Antonio da Conceicao. The training minister has secured backing from his personal get together in addition to the newly fashioned People’s Liberation Party (PLP) of the incumbent president Jose Maria de Vasconcelos.
Analysts say the problem for any incoming authorities can be to wean the predominantly Roman Catholic nation away from reliance on oil cash and diversify its sources of earnings into agriculture and manufacturing.
The president performs a largely ceremonial position, but it surely is a crucial post for underpinning unity, significantly with unemployment working at round 60 p.c.
Monday’s election is the primary since U.N. peacekeepers left the half-island nation in 2012.
The former Portuguese colony was invaded by neighbouring Indonesia in 1975. A 24-year, typically violent, resistance motion achieved East Timor’s independence in 2002 and lots of of its key figures nonetheless characteristic prominently within the working of the nation.