Overview Timor-Leste

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Since 2001, free and fair multiparty elections have been held regularly in Timor-Leste. Further, only democratically elected officials have the power to govern, as there is no “veto player” that does not have electoral legitimacy.

Although government debt and financial balances have been managed responsibly to date, when the oil wealth (60% of which has been saved and invested) is exhausted in about 10 years, things will change drastically – unless alternative domestic policies are adopted or new fossil fuel fields are explored.

Taking into consideration the low levels of experience in the public administration, Timor-Leste has relied on many international advisers since independence, and has sought the support of the international community to foster policy expertise.

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