East Timor President Ramos-Horta concedes election defeat
DILI, March 19 — East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta, who won the 1996 Nobel peace prize, conceded defeat today in his bid to win re-election to a second term and congratulated two rivals set to proceed to a second round of voting.
Francisco Guterres from the main opposition party Fretilin and Jose Maria de Vasconcelos, the former army chief and guerilla leader, were leading the vote with 84 per cent counted, according to electoral commission data.
Ramos-Horta was running in third place. The electoral commission was yet to announce official results. — Reuters