See earlier posts on Timor Leste Presidential elections. Now I am going to Dili for the Parliamentary elections as an official International Observer and listening to the politics in this crucial election. One story:
Dili, 28 jun (AP) – ‘The Revolutionary Front of Independent East Timor (Fretilin) announced today that it has canceled the rally to close campaign for the law of 07 July in Dili, which will be replaced by the population distribution of flowers .
The campaign for the legislative began July 7 in the past 05 days and ends next Wednesday.
Traditionally, Fretilin has a habit of finishing the campaign with a rally in Dili, but this time opted for the distribution of flowers in various districts of the East Timorese capital on behalf of peace.
“The goal is to reaffirm the commitment that Fretilin has been revealed in the last 10 years on the bet of the welfare of the people and the peaceful resolution of problems,” he told the Lusa news agency Rui Araujo, coordinator of the party’s electoral campaign for the region Dili.
According to Rui Araujo, the act of distribution of flowers is to symbolize that commitment and also “means a non perentório violence.”
Applied to the legislative elections of July 7, 21 parties and coalitions.
In the 2007 legislative Fretilin won the election without a majority, ending up in opposition, following a post-election coalition between the party of current Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, the National Council for Reconstruction of Timor-Leste, and more three political formations.