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East Timor poll highlights country's growing pains

Election reveals worries over corruption, unemployment and persistent poverty

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An East Timorese woman casts her ballot in parliamentary elections in Dili, East Timor on July 22.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- East Timor, or the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as it is officially known, is no longer a new nation, but one wrestling with problems familiar elsewhere in Southeast Asia. The issues revolve around an entrenched and relatively prosperous political class existing amid a hinterland majority population still beset by poverty and seasonal food shortages in the tiny island-state.

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