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UPDATED: 19:12, May 11, 2007
Guterres congratulates Horta as new president of Timor-Leste
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The rival of president- elected Jose Ramos Horta in the second presidential run-off Francisco Guterres Lu Olo on Friday congratulated on Horta's landslide victory and vowed to cooperate with him.

The final result of Wednesday's presidential run-off in Timor- Leste showed that Nobel laureate peace winner Horta got landslide victory against Guterres, national electoral commission spokesperson Maria Angelina Lopes Sarmento announced here Friday.

The incumbent Prime Minister Horta got 69 percent or 286,260 of the total votes, while Guterres, chairman of the parliament, 31 percent or 126,525 votes, said Angelina.

Horta, 57, will replace outgoing President Xanana Gusmao, who seeks re-election for more powerful position of prime minister.

Guterres is nominated by the biggest leading party of Fretelin, and Horta is an independent candidate.

After the announcement, Guterres said he could accept the result and congratulated on Horta's victory.

"As an East Timorese I will support the elected president, of course I will cooperate with Dr. Jose Ramos Horta," he said.

East Timor was another name for Timor-Leste.

The Wednesday's run-off went on peacefully, no major incident occurred, according to the United Nations.

The presidential and the upcoming parliament election in June are the first since the country gained independence in May 2002, after 24 years of rule by Indonesia.

Horta won the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for the worldwide resistance campaign he spearheaded against Indonesian rule while in exile after 1975.

He came back to Timor-Leste in 1999 after the former Indonesian province won referendum for independence.

Horta was appointed foreign minister in 2002 and he was also appointed as prime minister in July 2006, after then prime minister Mari Alkatiri was toppled over accusations of implicating violence that killed more than 23 people and displaced over 30,000 others.

He was the founding member of the country's leading political party of Fretilin and a political figure well known in the international community.

Timor-Leste descended into chaos in April last year after the sacking of 600 military men by controversial former prime minister Mari Alkatiri triggered resistance led by rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, which then sparked gang street fighting in the new country.

The situation was restored temporarily after thousands of Australian-led multi-national troops arrival in Timor-Leste's capital Dili.

Street-gang fighting, rivalry among the political leaders, and rebellion of security forces, are among the problems faced by the nation.

Source: Xinhua

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