East Timorese presidential election, 2002

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East Timorese presidential election, 2002
East Timor
April 14, 2002
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  Xanana 2011.jpg Francisco Xavier do Amaral.jpg
Candidate Xanana Gusmão Francisco Xavier do Amaral
Party Independent ASDT
Popular vote 301,634 63,146
Percentage 82.69% 17.31%

Elected President

Xanana Gusmão
Independent

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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Timor Leste

The first Presidential election was held in East Timor on 14 April 2002.[1] As expected, the former president of the East Timorese resistance movement, Conselho Nacional da Resistencia Timorense, Xanana Gusmão, running as an independent candidate but with the unofficial support of small opposition parties like the Democratic Party, won a large majority. [2]

Gusmão only had one challenger, former FRETILIN president Francisco Xavier do Amaral, who had been sworn in as president when East Timor declared independence on 28 November 1975, though his term was short-lived as Indonesia invaded on 5 December. Do Amaral, now head of a new party, the ASDT, had admitted that he fully expected to lose to Gusmão, but felt that running was symbolically important, demonstrating the strength of East Timor's democracy by ensuring that Gusmão had competition in the race.

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 14 April 2002 East Timor presidential election results
Candidates - parties Votes %
Xanana Gusmão 301,634 82.69
Francisco Xavier do Amaral 63,146 17.31
Total (turnout 86%) 364,780 100.00
Source: ARD-Text

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