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The voters of Palau reject incumbent President

The voters of Palau reject incumbent President

Updated 8 November 2012, 19:00 AEST

While Barack Obama may have won a second term in the White House, there's no such joy in the former US territory of Palau, where voters 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.

 

And although absentee ballots are still be counted, our correspondent in Palau, Bernadette Careon, says there would appear to be too few for Mr Toribiong to bridge the gap over his rival, former President, Tommy Remengesau Junior.

He's 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.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Our correspondent in Palau, Bernadette Careon

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