- Title: East Timor voters cast ballots in parliamentary elections
- Date: 22nd July 2017
- Summary: DILI, EAST TIMOR (JULY 22, 2017) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) VOTERS GOING TO SCHOOL BEING USED FOR POLLING STATION VARIOUS OF PEOPLE QUEUING VARIOUS OF VOTERS AT REGISTRATION DESK/GETTING DOCUMENTS VOTERS PUTTING BALLOT PAPERS INTO BOX VOTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) DILI RESIDENT, MARIA MAGDALENA SAYING: "I just want everything to run smoothly, peacefully so that there will be no conflict in this country," VARIOUS OF INCUMBENT PRIME MINISTER RUI MARIA ARAUJO AND SPOUSE CASTING THEIR BALLOTS ARAUJO AND SPOUSE SHOWING INKED FINGERS PEOPLE CASTING THEIR BALLOTS (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) DILI RESIDENT, AKELINO SEZAR DA SILVA SAYING: "As an East Timor citizen, this election is important in order to choose a great leader for the country," DILI, EAST TIMOR (JULY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) SECURITY ON GUARD OUTSIDE OF POLLING STATION VARIOUS OF CNRT PARTY CANDIDATE, XANANA GUSMAO QUEUING VARIOUS OF GUSMAO TO REGISTRATION DESK BANNER GUSMAO VOTING AND GETTING HIS FINGER INKED MEDIA SURROUNDING GUSMAO (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRIME MINISTER CANDIDATE, XANANA GUSMAO SAYING: "After one tiring month, I believe that we will win. If we win, we will do our best to serve the nation and this country," WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRIME MINISTER CANDIDATE, XANANA GUSMAO SAYING: "You know we have strategic planning for development for 20 years. In the plan, we point out three areas, three important areas, oil and gas as supplier of money for the country, agricultural and tourism. And if my party wins, in these five years we will start increasing productivity in agriculture as we are still very low in productivity in agriculture" GUSMAO GETTING INTO CAR
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- Keywords: East Timor Election 2017 Dili Parliament Election
- Location: DILI, EAST TIMOR
- City: DILI, EAST TIMOR
- Country: Timor-Leste
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016QSSBB9
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS NOTE: QUALITY AS INCOMING
East Timorese queued on Saturday (July 22) to cast their votes for a parliamentary election that would decide the economic future of Asia's youngest democracy.
More than 700,000 are registered to vote in the tiny country of 1.2 million people. More than 20 political parties are vying for 65 seats in parliament as frustration grows over the government's failure to use the wealth generated by oil and gas sales to support development and create jobs.
The parliamentary election will determine the country's prime minister and the official results of the election is expected to be announced by Aug. 6 although preliminary results should come much earlier.
Xanana Gusmao, a former independence figther who was also East Timor's first president after independence, and his National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) party are seen as the front-runners in Saturday's vote. CNRT is also part of the current governing coalition.
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