On April 9 East Timor will have its second Presidential elections, elections which will precede parliamentary elections soon afterwards. The East Timorese political system combines a President, who is commander-in-chief of the army and who has veto powers over legislation, with an executive cabinet, headed by a Prime Minister, elected by the parliament. In the coming Presidential elections there are 9 candidates, compared to two at the last elections, The nine candidates are Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo from FRETILIN , Avelinho Maria Coelho for the Socialist Party of Timor (PST), Francisco Xavier do Amaral, Manuel Tilman , Lucia Maria Brandao Freitas Lobato, Jose Ramos Horta, Joao Viegas Carascalao and Fernando de Araujo Lasama.
In recent polls issued by the Dili newspaper, Suara Timor Loro Sae, Jose Ramos Horta, the current Prime Minister has been topping the poll and PST Secertary-General Avelinho Coelho, also known as Avelino da Silva, has been coming in second. Max Lane has been talking to Avelino Coelho about his campaign and political conditions in East Timor.