On 12 May this year, Timor-Leste held parliamentary elections for the second time in under a year. The elections saw the Alliance for Change and Progress (AMP), a coalition of three opposition parties win an absolute majority of 34 out of 65 seats in parliament. The elections were preceded by a political deadlock which lasted nearly a year. In the parliamentary elections in July last year, leftist party, FRETILIN narrowly emerged as the largest party in parliament.
Australia’s recent maritime border treaty with Timor-Leste could open a new can of worms for Australia as Indonesia may use Timor-Leste’s recent victory at The Hague to renegotiate Indonesian-Australian maritime boundaries. Last month saw Timor-Leste and Australia finally reaching an agreement over the maritime border between the two nations following a 15-year dispute.
Timor-Leste and Australia have finally reached an agreement over the maritime border between the two countries. The two countries signed a historic treaty on a permanent border in the Timor Sea at the UN headquarters on Wednesday. The agreement comes after a 15-year dispute between Timor-Leste and Australia.
ASEAN was touted to admit its 11th member last year – The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste also known as East Timor – but that failed to happen.Timor-Leste is located at the eastern tip of the Indonesian archipelago. It encompasses the eastern half of the island of Timor, two nearby islands (Atauro and Jaco) and an exclave on the western side of the island (Oecusse District) – surrounded by Indonesia.It is a fresh democracy – having gained independence from Indonesia in 2002.