National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction

The National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (Portuguese: Congresso Nacional de Reconstrução de Timor, CNRT) is a political party in East Timor founded by former President Xanana Gusmão in March 2007 in preparation for the 2007 parliamentary election.[2]

National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction
Congresso Nacional de Reconstrução de Timor
LeaderXanana Gusmão
FoundedMarch 2007
HeadquartersBairo Gurilhus, Dili
Youth wingYouth Party Organisation
Women's wingWomen's Party Organisation
IdeologySocial democracy
Democratic socialism
Political positionCentre-left[1]
ColoursBlue, White, Green, Gold, Brown
National Parliament
22 / 65
Party flag
Bandeira do Congresso Nacional da Reconstrução Timorense.png
Website
www.partidocnrt.com

According to provisional results, the party won 24.10% of the vote in the election, placing second behind FRETILIN, which won 29%. Based on the results, the CNRT will have 18 seats in parliament.[3] In early July, the CNRT agreed to form a coalition with the Timorese Social Democratic AssociationSocial Democratic Party alliance and the Democratic Party to gain a parliamentary majority.[4] The party, with its coalition partners, participated in talks with FRETILIN later in the month, with President José Ramos-Horta calling for the formation of a national unity government,[5] but these talks were not successful. After weeks of dispute between the CNRT-led coalition and FRETILIN over who should form the government, Ramos-Horta announced on 6 August that the coalition would form the government and that Gusmão would become Prime Minister.[6][7]

The main party of three-party coalition, Alliance of Change for Progress (AMP), National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction, led by independence hero Xanana Gusmao, was in power from 2007–17, but leader of Fretilin Mari Alkatiri formed a coalition government after July 2017 parliamentary election. However, the new minority government soon fell, meaning second general election in May 2018.[8] In June 2018, former president and independence fighter Jose Maria de Vasconcelos known as Taur Matan Ruak of three-party coalition, Alliance of Change for Progress (AMP), became the new prime minister.[9]

Election resultsEdit

Legislative electionsEdit

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader
2007
18 / 65
100,175 24.10%   18 seats; Governing coalition (CNRT-PSD-ASDT-PD) Xanana Gusmão
2012
30 / 65
172,831 36.66%   12 seats; Governing coalition (CNRT-PD) Xanana Gusmão
2017
22 / 65
167,330 29.46%   8 seats Xanana Gusmão

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