East Timor: José Ramos Horta Wins The Second Round

The Moderate Voice announces José Ramos Horta's victory in East Timor's presidential elections and sees the process as an example the US should follow in Iraq. From the other side, Timor Online comments that FRETILIN [former ruling party] “was beaten by a convergence of global strategic and oil interests with the interests of an aspirational new middle class, the educated, the civil servants, the small business people, the UN and NGO workers“. The elections occurred in peace, but the party's blog is reporting that after the results “several Fretilin members have been intimidated and have had their houses set on fire“.

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