Party Systems and Factionalism in Timor-Leste

Dennis Shoesmith

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This study identifies and explains the factors that have shaped the evolution of the competitive political party system in East Timor from its beginnings in the 1970s to the difficult and sometimes violent transition since independence in 2002 towards a semi-developed competitive party system. It reviews the organizational character of the two major Parties: FRETILIN and the CNRT and the minor parties in the national parliament and the nature of intra-party factionalism in contemporary politics in what is an under-institutionalized and a predominantly personalistic system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jan 2020

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