Political Maneuvering Could Be Leading Timor-Leste Down a Dead End

Supporters hold a poster of presidential candidate Jose Ramos Horta during a campaign rally in Dili, East Timor, March 15, 2022 (AP photo by Lorenio Do Rosario Pereira).
Supporters hold a poster of presidential candidate Jose Ramos Horta during a campaign rally in Dili, East Timor, March 15, 2022 (AP photo by Lorenio Do Rosario Pereira).
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In Timor-Leste’s recent presidential election in April, Jose Ramos-Horta—the former president, prime minister, foreign minister and resistance-era spokesman—won with a 62 percent majority. A political perennial, Horta’s success can largely be attributed to support from another former president, prime minister and resistance-era hero: Xanana Gusmao. In the two decades since Timor-Leste’s independence, Gusmao’s endorsement has been decisive for all the country’s presidential candidates, including for Horta in his first successful run for the presidency in 2007; former military commander Jose Maria Vasconcelos, who won in 2012; and outgoing President Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres, who was elected in 2017, but with whom […]

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