The Australian Government today congratulated Timor-Leste on successful conduct of its parliamentary elections, following yesterday's (July 13, 2012) release of provisional results from the National Electoral Commission.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the elections were an important milestone.
"International election observers have advised the ballot was peaceful and orderly, with no significant security incidents or irregularities.
"Participation was close to 75 per cent, and 95 per cent of votes have been declared valid.
"These elections are a strong step forward for this new democratic state."
Senator Carr said the Australian Government welcomed the opportunity to work with the future Government of Timor-Leste, to be formed once final election results were declared.
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith joined Senator Carr in congratulating the people of Timor-Leste, and said Australia would continue to support the country's efforts to consolidate peace and security.
Australia would make a full assessment of the planned withdrawal of the Australia-led International Stabilisation Force from Timor-Leste in conjunction with the next Government of Timor-Leste, New Zealand and the United Nations.
Timor-Leste elections were held on July 7, 2012, and were overseen by local and international officials and observers including 140 Australian volunteers.
On July 13 the National Electoral Commission announced provisional electoral results, with final results expected to be confirmed before July 20.
The newly elected National Parliament is expected to meet for the first time in August this year.
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