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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, June 14) – Palau Bureau of Public Works Director Masasinge Arurang has filed his nominating petition with the Election Commission for governor of Ngiwal state.

[PIR editor’s note: Ngiwal is one of 16 states that comprise the Republic of Palau and is located on the northeast coast of the largest island of Babeldaob.]

Arurang is running against former Delegate Elia Tulop.

Ngiwal’s governor, Elmis Mesubed, has been removed from office after he was found guilty of 106 counts of criminal charges involving perjury, grand larceny, forgery, conspiracy, embezzlement and Code of Ethics violations.

The special election is set for June 28.

Arurang said that if elected, he would work with the Ngiwal state legislature—the Kelulul A Kiuluul—and the traditional chiefs "for the betterment of our people and state."

His campaign slogan is "United and Equal Opportunity for the people of Kiuluul."

The new governor will serve what should have been Mesubed’s remaining two years in office.

"With the (help of the) Kelulul A Kiuluul and traditional leaders and with an emphasis on people and community involvement, we can establish a clear vision of Ngiwal future," Arurang said.

"I have always believed that the state of Ngiwal has a very bright future if we unite to provide equal opportunity and fair services to all people. I will work hard to pursue this objective. We will work together to bring our dream to fruition. We can reach our goal if we simply maintain our course with unity and hard work," he added.

June 14, 2006

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