Thirteen registered candidates will contest Timor Leste’s presidential election on March 17 and the campaign season just began last week. Despite the lack of surveys to measure the chances of potential candidates, four figures are strongly predicted to lead the pack including the incumbent, Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta, head of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin); Francisco Lu-Olo Guterres, head of the Democratic Party (PD); Fernando Lasama de Araujo; and former armed forces chief Gen. Taur Matan Ruak. Deputy Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres (Lu Gu), a Fretilin powerbroker with his new party, Frenti-Mudanca (Fretilin-reformist), may have been included. The second-largest party in 2007, the National Reconstruction Congress of Timor Leste (CNRT), led by Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, did not name its candidate, however. Xanana, currently the prime minister, and his rival Mari bin Amude Alkatiri (Fretilin’s secretary-general) will focus on the legislative election, which will be held in June 2012.Full Article: Waiting for the top-two among 13 in Timor Leste election | The Jakarta Post.
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East Timor: Pires to run against Ramos-Horta for East Timor presidency | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
A Timorese-Australian who was acquitted of conspiring to kill East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta is now running for his job. Angelita Pires has returned to Darwin from Dili where she has declared her candidacy for next month’s Presidential election. Ms Pires was charged over the 2008 shooting of President Ramos-Horta but was acquitted in 2010.Full Article: Pires to run against Ramos-Horta for presidency - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).