2001 Mission Report: Timor Leste Constituent Assembly Election

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Against the backdrop of political violence that entailed the Popular Consultation in 1999, the people of East Timor showed their strong commitment to democracy and peaceful coexistence in the Constituent Assembly Elections on 30 August 2001. ANFREL dispatched a strong team of 26 international observers from 12 countries to monitor the historic elections that would lay a foundation for East Timor as an independent democratic nation. ANFREL found that East Timorese were ready and able to embrace democracy by voting peacefully and overwhelmingly to elect their representatives to write and adopt the constitution for the country. This report presents the findings of ANFREL observation missions during the Constituent Assembly Elections in East Timor and the recommendations regarding future support for democratization initiatives in thc new born country.

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