It's the first round of the presidential election tomorrow. The event has received little coverage in the English-language press, but there has been a steady trickle of stories coming through, although interviews with the lesser-known candidates have been few and far between.
This is, of course, a huge year for Timor-Leste, with presidential and parliamentary elections. The impression I get is that campaigning has been passionate, but that tensions haven't boiled over and manifested in anything that could be considered a threat to the country's peace and stability.
My pick to become president is Taur Matan Ruak, who is back by Gusmao and his CNRT party, but I think it will be close between him, Horta and FRETILIN's Lu Olu. It will be easier to predict the parliamentary elections once Saturday's first round and April's second round of the presidential vote are complete.
I've been collecting stories on Delicious and compiling them here.
Here are some of the highlights:
- East Timor prepares for close presidential contest
- If size matters…
Alex's blog has been a good source of analysis thus far.
- High hopes for post-election prosperity
- Timor Leste: a young nation's make-or-break elections
- Race to the top in East Timor
- East Timor: Notes on the Presidential Elections
- Taur Matan Ruak: Mandatory military service for young males or female
- Elections to Test Timor-Leste's Stability
- Timor-Leste’s Elections: Leaving Behind a Violent Past?