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Saturday, 07 July 2012 - 11:25
East Timor holding key parliamentary elections
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East Timor is holding its general elections, in a key test that will decide whether UN peacekeepers leave by the end of the year.

The UN said that it would withdraw its troops if the parliamentary polls go smoothly following peaceful presidential polls in April.

But with 21 parties standing, forming a new government could prove difficult if there is no clear majority.

UN peacekeepers arrived in 2006 after widespread fighting and unrest.

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