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Voting opens in East Timor election

dpa logodpa 19/03/2017

Voting is underway in East Timor's first presidential election since peacekeepers departed in 2012.

The polls have opened in East Timor's first presidential election since a United Nations peacekeeping mission departed in 2012.

Eight candidates are vying for the largely ceremonial post, but Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres, leader of the Fretilin party and former president of the national parliament, is widely expected to win after receiving the backing of revered independence hero Xanana Gusmao.

Gusmao, a former resistance fighter during Indonesia's occupation of East Timor, is the country's first president and fourth prime minister.

Analysts say the outcome the election is likely to strengthen stability in the tiny country of 1.2 million people, whose economy is reliant on oil revenues.

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