East Timor votes for parliament
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.