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July 3, 2007

Fretelin leads parliamentary poll
As over half of ballots in East Timor's parliamentary election counted out on Tuesday afternoon (July 3), the ruling Fretelin party took the first place.

According to East Timor's national election committee, there were 278,238 ballots out of 529198 in total have been counted, and the counting ended in 6 districts out of 13 by Tuesday afternoon.

Preliminary figures showed Fretilin had 81689 ballots, CNRT which is established by independence hero and former president Xanana Gusmao got 59602, the Coalition of ASDT/PSD party with 45180 was in the third place.

There is no party winning the simple majority until now, so a coalition in parliament and government becomes a possibility.

Local political analysts said the gap of ballots between Fretelin and CNRT is expected to narrow as results of counting in Dili come out.

There were fourteen parties took part in the 65-seat parliament election which was held last Friday (June 29). Xinhua

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