East Timor’s former parliament chief Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres is set to win the country’s presidential election, according to preliminary figures.
With 90 per cent of the ballots counted, Guterres, leader of the Fretilin party, has secured 57 per cent of the vote, according to figures from the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration.
His closest rival, Antonio da Conceicao, is in second position with 32 per cent.
To avoid a second round, a candidate has to win more than 50 per cent of the vote.
Guterres’ Fretilin party began as a resistance movement against Portuguese and then Indonesian rule. It formed government that ruled from East Timor’s independence in 2002 until 2007.
Originally published as Guterres set to win East Timor election