SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

29 May 2018

TIMOR-LESTE ELECTIONS

Labor congratulates HE Xanana Gusmao and his Alliance for Change and Progress (AMP) following confirmation of their victory in Timor-Leste’s parliamentary elections.

Timor-Leste’s Court of Appeal has today confirmed AMP, a coalition of Gusmao’s National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) and two other parties, secured 34 of the 65 seats in this month’s elections.

Australian and other international observers found that the elections, which saw a very high turnout, were peaceful and well-run.

The elections confirm the strength of Timor-Leste’s young democracy, having only first held democratic elections in 2001.

They highlight the success of Australia’s development assistance in Timor-Leste, which includes programs designed to strengthen governance and institutions, and promote free and fair elections.

Labor looks forward to engaging with the new government of Timor-Leste and further strengthening ties between our two countries.

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra.