DILI, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Some 700,000 voters went to the polls at 13 districts in Timor-Leste Monday to pick up a new president.
A total of eight candidates are contesting the presidency, and one of them will replace Tuar Matan Ruak, who is leaving his position to compete at upcoming parliamentary polls.
Of the eight candidates, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo from Fretelin and CNRT Party and Education Minister Antonio da Conceicao from the Democrat Party are the leading ones.
Lu-Olo is forecast to have support from more than half of the total voters. "I am optimistic I will get victory," said Lu-Olo.
"There is no possibility Mr. Lu-Olo entering second round," said a senior official of Fretelin.
Timor-Leste is a young nation wich gained independence in 2002.