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Thursday, 30 August, 2001, 10:33 GMT 11:33 UK
In pictures: Timor's historic vote
The people of East Timor have voted in the country's first free and independent elections.

Reports say turnout has been high and the day has passed without violence.

Official results are expected on 10 September.

Queue outside polling station
The day started with long queues as people waited for polling stations to open

Voters wave their identity cards
Correspondents say there has been huge enthusiasm for the vote - some estimates predict a 90% turnout

Mother carrying child in neck sling
Two years ago people lived in fear of pro-Indonesia militia; now parents can bring their children in safety

Xanana Gusmao queues outside polling station
Among those queuing - former separatist guerrilla leader and likely future president Xanana Gusmao

Xanana Gusmao votes
Xanana Gusmao: "I am proud of this example of political maturity given by the people"

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos Horta
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos Horta said the peaceful election meant his work of 24 years was done

East Timorese voter
Once elected MPs will draw up a constitution and East Timor will take the last step to becoming the world's newest nation

See also:

30 Aug 01 | Asia-Pacific
E Timor polls close after big turnout
29 Aug 01 | Asia-Pacific
Eyewitness: Enthusiasm for Timor vote
27 Aug 01 | Asia-Pacific
East Timor's first election
24 Aug 01 | Country profiles
Country profile: East Timor
25 Aug 01 | Asia-Pacific
Gusmao runs for Timor presidency
08 Aug 01 | Asia-Pacific
Gusmao meets E Timor militias
30 Aug 00 | East Timor
Analysis: Gusmao's key role
29 Mar 01 | Asia-Pacific
Gusmao quits presidential race
30 Aug 00 | Asia-Pacific
East Timor marks year of freedom
30 Aug 00 | Asia-Pacific
Timeline: East Timor's 25 turbulent years
31 Aug 00 | Asia-Pacific
Timor's legacy of trauma
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