In the wake of the 2006 'east-west' crisis in Timor-Leste, the 2007 Presidential and Parliamentary elections were widely heralded as a key test of political development in the newly independent nation. This article analyses the pre-election situation, significant electoral law changes, the emergence of new political parties, campaign incidents, poll results, and postelection negotiations over a coalition government. It concludes by reflecting on some of the wider implications for political stability in Timor-Leste, and related developments through 2008.(1).
Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 55, no. 2 (Jun 2009), pp. 219-232
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