[TimorLesteStudies] New Article: McWilliam and Bexley

Bu Wilson Bu.Wilson at anu.edu.au
Wed May 21 14:06:21 EST 2008

Performing Politics: The 2007 Parliamentary Elections in Timor Leste


The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology Vol 9 (1): 66-82

Andrew McWilliam and Angie Bexley
Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies,
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia Email:
<mailto:andrew.mcwilliam at anu.edu.au>, angie.bexley at anu.edu.au

The 2007 national parliamentary elections in East Timor attracted high voter
participation and was widely and favourably reported, but when the
successful poll flared into violent post-election conflict, the possibility
of realising political stability and national unity was again called into
question. Despite the emergence of new political parties and a growing
population of young aspirational Timorese voters who are shifting the
grounds of political representation and rhetoric, the nation remains mired
in unresolved enmities and leadership failings. 
This paper reflects on the political campaign and election results in Timor
Leste's stumbling progress towards a stable democratic future.

Keywords: Elections; Politics; East Timor; Nation; Resistance; Youth;

Bu Wilson
Regulatory  Institutions Network (RegNet) College of Asia and the Pacific,
RSPAS Australian National University 
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