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Timor-Leste Votes in 2007

SOMET Press Conference, June 28. L-R: Jose Luis Oliveira (Association HAK), Elizabeth dos Reis (Bibi Bulak), Bronwyn Thomas (SOMET), Jill Sternberg (ETAN), Santina Soares (La'o Hamutuk), Tito (Concern). Photo by Charles Scheiner.  

In 2007, Timor-Leste will hold its first national elections as an independent nation. ETAN is working to support free, fair election in Timor-Leste!

SOMET media conference, April 19, 2007 to release its report on the first round of the presidential election. From left to right: Jorg Maier, Catharina Maria, Jaana Karhilo.

On April 9, the people of East Timor voted for their next president.A run-off will take place on May 9. On June 30, they voted to elect a new parliament. As we did for the crucial referendum in 1999, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) - as part of SOMET - sent nonpartisan, international observers

The Solidarity Observer Mission for East Timor (SOMET) is a grassroots project of ETAN, VOT (Stichting Vrij Oost Timor), APSOC (Asia Pacific Solidarity Coalition), and WFDA (World Forum for Democratization in Asia).

 In Timor-Leste, SOMET cooperates with HAK Association, Timor-Leste NGO Forum, La'o Hamutuk, FOKUPERS, Kdalak Sulimutu Institute (KSI) and Bibi Bulak.

SOMET can be reached in Dili at the offices of the HAK Association, Gov. Serpa Rosa, Farol, Dili, (+670) 331 3324or (+670) 734 2397. e-mail:

International media can contact: John M. Miller, 718-697-7668;


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