Ex-guerrilla fighters vie for East Timor presidency; winner to lead as UN peacekeepers leave

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DILI, East Timor – Two former guerrilla leaders vied for East Timor’s presidency Monday, each hoping to steer the young, often-troubled nation after U.N. peacekeeping troops begin their planned withdrawal later this year. Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres and Taur Matan Ruak — running neck-and-neck after incumbent Jose Ramos-Horta was knocked out in the first round of voting — joined small lines in the dusty capital, Dili, to cast their ballots. While the role of president is largely ceremonial, the winner has the potential to help unify Asia’s newest and poorest nation, which is still…

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