IINA: Over 20 years since independence, how can Timor-Leste's fragile stability be transformed into development?
More than 20 years have passed since Timor-Leste gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. Since independence, Timor-Leste has experienced riots in 2006 and attacks on the president and the prime minister in 2008, but security has been relatively stable since then. For more than 10 years, free and fair elections have been held, and even when the government changes as a result of an election, there have been no large-scale violence or riots. According to Freedom House, which conducts research on freedom and democracy, Timor-Leste was ranked as the only "free" country in Southeast Asia in 2021, and this result remained unchanged in 2023.Read more