Wednesday November 14, 2012
Pacific's Palau elects new president
KOROR: The Pacific nation of Palau has elected Tommy Remengesau as president for the third time, ending incumbent Johnson Toribiong's administration, preliminary figures released Wednesday showed.
The tiny nation, a collection of 300 islands with a population of just 21,000, went to the polls on November 6 in a vote overshadowed by the US election campaign.
Figures released by the Palau Election Commission showed Remengesau had 6,140 votes, giving him an unassailable lead of 1,853 over Toribiong in the two-way battle for the presidency.
Toribiong took office in 2008, with the latter stages of his administration marred by corruption allegations.
Remengesau, who previously served two consecutive terms as president from 2001-08, campaigned on a platform of encouraging foreign investment and improving services for grassroots communities.-AFP