KIRIBATI GOES TO POLLS FOR SIXTH TIME IN EIGHT MONTHS

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 4) - Kiribati will elect a new president today in the sixth time the Pacific island nation has gone to the polls in the past eight months

Kiribati has split elections, whereby there is a first round general election to choose members of parliament, who then nominate three candidates for the presidential round.

The latest election comes after President Teburoro Tito served just one day of his third and final term when his party lost control following a vote of no confidence.

The voters of Kiribati have three candidates to choose from, with Tito bowing out of the running under constitutional restrictions.

The Presidential candidates include Harry Tong, his younger brother Anote Tong, and Banuera Berina.

July 4, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

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