The runoff is between incumbent President Francisco Guterres and challenger Jose Ramos-Horta, with the winner set to take office on May 20, the anniversary of the restoration of East Timor’s independence.
Tiny East Timor has been unsettled by bouts of violence and political instability since it became independent from Indonesia in 2002. Members of the military and police mutinied in 2006.
President Juan Manuel Santos says the armistice between the government and the Latin American country's last active group will come into effect on October 1.
While the president's role is largely ceremonial, it is also seen as important for promoting unity in the young nation.
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