Palau. According to
Countryaah reports, Johnson Toribiong, formerly Palau's ambassador to
Taiwan, was elected Nov. 4 as the country's new president.
In addition to the new president, more than 14,200 voters
elected a vice president, 13 senators and 16 members to the
House of Representatives. Voters also voted through 23
constitutional supplements. Because the elections were
unusually extensive, outgoing President Tommy E. Remengesau
had announced the election day, which was a Thursday, for
Toribiong triumphed over his only counterpart, Elias
Camsek Chin, who was vice president during Remengesau, with
51 percent of the vote. Toribiong himself said he won thanks
to his clear message about the economy. He believes that
Palau needs to become more self-sufficient and attract more
investors to reduce dependence on foreign aid, especially
from the United States.
New Vice President became Representative House Member
Kerai Mariur. Outgoing President Remengesau was elected one
of the 13 senators.