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East Timorese independence hero Xanana Gusmao is cheered by supporters following negotiations that settled the sea border between East Timor and Australia, Dili, East Timor, March 11, 2018 (AP photo by Valentino Darriel).

East Timor’s New Government Must Deliver More, With Less to Spend

Monday, June 4, 2018

On May 12, East Timor voted in early parliamentary elections, after last year’s indecisive elections produced a minority government and political paralysis. Following a campaign that was tarnished by some incidents of political violence, the Change for Progress, or AMP, coalition of opposition parties won 34 of 65 seats. A court challenge by the defeated Fretilin party over alleged irregularities was rejected by an appeals court last week, opening the way for the AMP to form a government. In an email interview, Guteriano Neves, a policy analyst based in East Timor’s capital, Dili, discusses the election results, the AMP’s policy agenda, and the implications of the elections for the country’s democracy.

World Politics Review: What explains the previous government’s failure to complete its term, in terms of policy differences and political maneuvering between Fretilin and the AMP? What factors determined the AMP’s electoral victory this time? ...

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