Socialist Party of Timor

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Socialist Party of Timor
Partido Socialista de Timor
Abbreviation PST
President Evelino Coelho da Silva
Vice President Domingos Caeresi
1st Secretary General Pedro Sarmento
2nd Secretary General Ana Pereira Soares
3rd Secretary General Joanica Pereira dos Santos
Founded 20 December 1990 (1990-12-20)
Headquarters Rua Colegio das Madres Balide, Quintal Bot., Dili, East Timor
Ideology Communism
Political position Left-wing
Colours Red, Black, Yellow
National Parliament
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Party flag
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The Socialist Party of Timor (Portuguese: Partido Socialista de Timor; abbreviated PST) is a Marxist–Leninist political party in East Timor.[1]


The Socialist Party of Timor was founded in February 1997, whilst East Timor was still under Indonesian occupation (though it claims it was founded earlier on 20 December 1990).[1] It is a splinter party of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN) and was established by Avelino Maria da Silva Coelho, Pedro Martires da Costa and Antonio Maher Lopes. Labour and student groups based in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and other Indonesian cities where East Timorese studied and worked formed the basis of PST's members.[1] The party's first national congress was held from 10–11 February 2000 in Dili, the capital of East Timor.[1]


The PST's political structure includes a political bureau, a central committee, and labour, women's and youth wings. The party also publishes a newsletter named Vanguarda and has international ties with a range of political organisations and trade unions in Portugal, Western Europe, Australia and Indonesia.[1]

Electoral performance[edit]

In the parliamentary election held on 30 August 2001, the party won 1.8% of the popular vote and 1 out of 88 seats. In the parliamentary election held on 30 June 2007, the party won 0.96% of the vote and did not win any seats, as it did not reach the 3% threshold for winning seats.[2]

In the 2007 parliamentary election, the PST won less than 1% of the vote and failed to win a seat.[1] The party's candidate in the April 2007 presidential election was Avelino Coelho da Silva, who took seventh place with 2.06% of the vote.[3]

In the October 2009 local elections, the PST won 79 out of 4,889 positions.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Shoesmith, Dennis. "Political Parties and Groupings of Timor-Leste". Australian Labor International. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "National Provisional Results from the 30 June 2007 Parliamentary Elections", Comissão Nacional de Eleições Timor-Leste, 9 July 2007.
  3. ^ Results of 2007 presidential election, East Timor Election Commission website.