Xanana Gusmao's party wins East Timor parliamentary polls

  • East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao’s party has won parliamentary elections but without an overall majority.

    Provisional results suggested he would take around 30 seats in the 65-seat chamber.

    The opposition Fretilin party was expected to win around 24 seats.

    The United Nations has praised the conduct of the poll, seen as a key factor in deciding whether peacekeepers leave this year.

    UN peacekeepers arrived in 2006 after widespread fighting and unrest following independence from Indonesia in 2002.

    Economic issues dominated the campaign, with the two main parties focusing on how to make use of the country’s $10.5 billion oil fund.

    While the country is one of Asia's poorest nations, vast offshore oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea hold great potential.