Toribiong set to lose Palau presidency

Toribiong set to lose Palau presidency

Toribiong set to lose Palau presidency

Updated 8 November 2012, 18:15 AEDT

Voters in the former US territory of Palau, appear to have thrown out the incumbent President, Johnson Toribiong.

Voters in the former US territory of Palau, appear to have thrown out the incumbent President, Johnson Toribiong.

The last days of Mr Toribiong's rein were marred by a corruption scandal surrounding allegations over the misuse of funds allocated for the resettlement of five Uighur detainees sent to Palau from Guantanamo Bay.
Pacific Beat correspondent Bernadette Careon in Palau says absentee ballots are still be counted, which should help former President, Tommy Remengesau Junior, to return to the top job.

"I think Palau will have a new president, because the absentee votes have always been Tommy Remengesau's stronghold.

"If we are going to base it on what happened in the primary election in November, I think Tommy will be in and Johnson will be out," she said.

"Even before the primary, people are predicting that Tommy would win."

Mr Remengesau is on course for a return to the top job after sitting out the previous election under a constitution which prevents any individual from serving more than two consecutive terms in office.

"He's always know to be a polished politician, he is known in the grassroots," said Ms Careon.

"There was one editorial about him which said that it was his personality that won him the election.

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