The Democratic Party received 39 percent of the vote to Radicals' 29 percent. But coalition-building maneuvers mean the shape of the next government is still unclear.
The island's first elections in two decades had been intended as a test of the peacemaking process with the breakaway fighters.
Rising prices, shortages of food items, and political gridlock spur calls for a quick election.
A strike originally called over high food prices and low wages spirals into confrontation and violence.
Despite an apparent intent to hold further talks before the Beijing Olympics, China continues to criticize the 'Dalai clique.'