East Asia Forum: Timor-Leste hits the democratic reset button

Mar 1, 2024 | International Relations, Presidency

In Timor-Leste, incumbent president Francisco ‘Lu-Olo’ Guterres and the Fretilin party were defeated in both the 2022 presidential and 2023 parliamentary elections, marking a return to the conventions established during the state’s independence. The election results see figures acting above the political fray by not muddling their democratic responsibility with partisan motives — such as charismatic leaders Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos-Horta. But the potential for generational change towards new party leadership is emerging. 

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