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UPDATED: 21:08, April 10, 2007
Timor Leste's presidential election likely heads to runoff
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Timor Leste's presidential election may head to a runoff as the votes obtained by candidates are close, the country's electoral commission said in Dili Tuesday.

Spokesman of the commission Marthinho Gusmao said that Prime Minister Jose Ramos Horta led in the presidential election count in the country by getting 20 percent of total votes and he got most supports in Dili, the capital of the country. He was followed by Fernando Lasama de Araujo of the Democratic Party.

"It is likely there will be a second round because the difference of votes obtained by the candidates is to small," said Gusmao.

Eight candidates contested the poll.

According to the spokesman, the second round will be held on May 8, and the new government established in September.

Separately, the biggest political party of Fretelin claimed of winning in the nation by getting 40 percent of the total votes, according to the party spokesman Ze Manuel Fernandes.

Source: Xinhua

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