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Former Palau Leader Poised For Return To Presidency
Tommy Remengesau leads unofficial results

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 8, 2012) – A former president is poised to return to office to lead the Palau government for the next four years.

About 8,000 of the country’s 15,000 registered voters came out to vote in the general elections and unofficial results have Tommy Remengesau leading the incumbent president Johnson Toribiong by 1,300 votes.

Oceania TVs Rolynda Jonathan says there are still at least one thousand absentee votes to count but says Senator Remengesau is in a good position.

Ms. Jonathan says the senator, who was president from 2000 to 2008, is popular for a variety of reasons.

"He’s one of the presidents that a lot of people basically grew up with and he has a lot of relatives so in Palau voting really doesn’t depend on the policies that you want to work with but sort of depends on the many people that you know."

Rolynda Jonathan says the race for vice-president is much closer, with Antonio Bells leading the incumbent Kerai Maruir by just 300 votes.

The absentee votes will be counted next Tuesday and official results announced the following week.

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