East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao's party looks set to win this weekend's parliamentary elections.
His centre-left National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction won 36.11% of the votes in yesterday's poll, according to the official tally of more than 95% of the votes released by the electoral commission.
The main opposition left-wing Fretilin party was in second place with 30.09%.
The Democratic Party, a member of the current ruling coalition, won 10.56% of the vote.
The preliminary results indicate that the outgoing prime minister's term of five years may be extended.
Final results are not expected for several days.