Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta has lost his bid to be re-elected East Timor president, failing to make it to a run-off in the country's second presidential vote as free nation, preliminary results showed Sunday.
The results pointed to a second-round showdown between the opposition Fretilin party's Francisco ``Lu Olo'' Guterres and former armed forces chief Taur Matan Ruak, an official from the election secretariat said.
Ramos-Horta, who shared the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring peace to his homeland, lagged in third place after more than 70 percent of votes were counted, official Luiz Fernando Valls told AFP.
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