East Ti­mor votes for par­lia­ment

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

DILI: East Ti­mor headed to the polls to elect a new par­lia­ment yes­ter­day as Asia’s youngest democ­racy bat­tles eco­nomic chal­lenges 15 years af­ter gain­ing its in­de­pen­dence from In­done­sia. About 760,000 peo­ple were ex­pected to cast their votes for can­di­dates from 21 par­ties in the tiny half-is­land na­tion, in the first par­lia­men­tary elec­tion since the de­par­ture of United Na­tions peace­keep­ers in 2012. The polls come at a tough time for the coun­try, with key oil re­serves run­ning dry while the gov­ern­ment strug­gles to re­solve a long-run­ning row with Aus­tralia over lu­cra­tive en­ergy fields. But de­spite fears of vi­o­lence, there were no re­ports of un­rest in the run-up to the elec­tion and on elec­tion day.

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