A woman casts her ballot during the parliamentary election in Dili on May 21: East Timorese opposition party the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction took the most votes. © APMay 23, 2023 13:43 JST

(Reuters) — The party of East Timor independence hero Xanana Gusmao has won the most votes in a parliamentary election, preliminary results in state media showed on Tuesday, boosting his chances of his return as premier and a new phase of opposition rule.

Gusmao’s National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) won about 42% of ballots cast with 100% of the votes counted, according to election commission data carried by broadcaster Radio-Televisao aTimor Leste.