ANOTE TONG WINS KIRIBATI PRESIDENCY

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, July 7) - Kiribati has a new president after Anote Tong beat his older brother for the post.

About 1,000 votes separated the two main contenders.

Anote Tong had opposition party backing, while his brother Dr Harry Tong, had been put forward by the ruling Maurin Maneaba Party.

The presence of a Chinese satellite spy base on the capital atoll of Tarawa has been a major issue throughout the elections.

Anote Tong pledged before the elections to review the Chinese lease and "to take the appropriate actions at the right time".

July 7, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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