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Presidential Candidates Wrap Up Campaigns

April 13, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Thousands of supporters of the two candidates in East Timor's first presidential election rallied, marking the end of the three-week campaign for a vote that is widely expected to be a landslide.

More than 1,000 people danced in Dili, the capital, outside the offices of Francisco Xavier do Amaral, the underdog in Sunday's election to former guerrilla leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao. Across town, about 5,000 cheered as aides dressed Gusmao in a traditional sarong and headdress.

The vote will pave the way for East Timor to become the world's newest country May 20.

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