May 24, 2022

Timor-Leste election opens new door to China


Timor-Leste’s relations with China could once again come under the spotlight as former Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta looks set to retake the presidency following a second-round vote on Tuesday. 

Ramos-Horta received 46.5% of the vote in the first round in March and needed to garner only an additional 30,000 votes at the second-round runoff to secure the presidency. The incumbent, Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres, came in a distant second with 22.1% of the vote in the first round. 

At the second round on Tuesday, Ramos-Horta was well ahead at the time of reporting and now looks set to resume the presidency after his first spell a decade ago. Ramos-Horta has suggested that he could try to either dissolve parliament or call for new legislative elections a year ahead of schedule over complaints about how the current government came into office.