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E.Timor votes in parliamentary elections

Thousands of East Timorese have ended weeks of political rallies and entered a campaign blackout before parliamentary elections this weekend.
More than 20 political parties are vying for 65 seats in East Timor's 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 poll, which will determine the next prime minister, follows the victory of former independence fighter Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres in a presidential election in March.
The president is largely a figurehead, with the government run by a prime minister chosen by the party or coalition that wins the majority of votes.
More than 700,000 East Timorese are registered to vote in the tiny country of 1.2 million people, with official results expected to be announced by August 6.
Former independence fighter Xanana Gusmao and his National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) party are seen as the front-runners in Saturday's vote.
The former Portuguese colony was invaded by neighbouring Indonesia in 1975. An often violent 24-year resistance movement took East Timor to independence in 2002 and many of its key figures still feature prominently in running the country.
The current government is a coalition of two major parties -- Gusmao's CNRT, and Fretilin, the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor.
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