Timor-Leste on Friday was celebrating the 20th anniversary of its independence, achieved after almost a quarter of a century of violent military occupation by Indonesia and more than 400 years of Portuguese colonization.

The capital, Dili, hosted a military parade Friday to celebrate this anniversary, the day after veteran politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta swore his position as president of the country after winning the elections last month.

Among foreign attendees was Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and delegations from Singapore, Japan, Sierra Leone, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations, among others.