The decisive victory by the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize winner has led to hopes of an era of peace and stability following violence last year that killed 37 people and brought down the government.


In June, the country will hold parliamentary elections for the next prime minister – a more powerful job than that of the largely ceremonial president's post.


East Timor broke free from decades of brutal Indonesian rule in 1999 following a UN-sponsored ballot.


Retreating Indonesian troops destroyed much of the country, which was administered by the United Nation's until 2002.