On 26 January 2018, Timor-Leste’s President Francisco Guterres dissolved the country’s unicameral parliament and called for new legislative elections.
The previous election was held only in July 2017, which led to the formation of a minority administration led by the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETLIN). Being a minority government, FRETLIN’s legislative agenda was repeatedly blocked in parliament by the opposition Parliamentary Majority Alliance (PMA): Timor-Leste’s parliament failed to pass its 2017-18 annual budget on two occasions in October and December 2017, and the ensuing political impasse is highly likely to have triggered the president’s decision to dissolve parliament.
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