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East Timor holding key election

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 troops arrived in 2006 after widespread fighting and unrest but the UN said that it would withdraw them if the parliamentary polls go smoothly, following peaceful presidential polls in April.

The BBC's Karishma Vaswani says early reports suggest that the elections have been calm.

  • 07 Jul 2012