Two left standing in East Timor presidential poll

March 23, 2012 10:22

DILI - A former army chief and a leader of the main opposition party will contest the presidency of Asia's newest nation, East Timor, after incumbent Jose Ramos-Horta was knocked out in a first round of voting.

Official results from the national electoral commission showed that Francisco Guterres, from the main opposition Fretilin party, came first followed by Jose Maria de Vasconcelos, the former army chief and guerrilla.The two will contest a second poll scheduled for mid-April.

Ramos-Horta, who won the 1996 Nobel peace prize after years of campaigning against Indonesian rule, conceded defeat on Monday.

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