16 Jul 2012

East Timor PM to form government with minor parties

5:54 am on 16 July 2012

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao of East Timor says his party will form a new government with two minor parties.

Mr Gusmao's National Council of Timorese Resistance won 30 seats in a general election last weekend, three seats short of of an absolute majority in the 65-seat parliament.

He has ruled out a grand coalition with Fretilin, the main opposition party which won 25 seats.

The Supreme Court will announce the official result on Tuesday.