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Remengesau’s term ends this year

KOROR Palau (Palau Horizon, Oct. 2, 2008) — Palau President Tommy Remengesau formally declares his senatorial bid yesterday.

Remengesau said he has finally decided to run for Senate because there are unfinished businesses that need attention by lawmakers.

"I realize that it is unprecedented in our brief history that a President runs for the Senate after having served as President.

However, my dedication and determination to serve the public is still as strong as when I was first elected to public office," Remengesau said in his statement.

Remengesau will make history as the first President of Palau will run for the Senate. Remengesau will end his term this year and is constitutionally barred from seeking reelection.

The president noted that former president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the former president of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Joseph Urusemal are both now serving in Congress in their respective countries.

He said that when he is elected in Congress he will pass pieces of legislation that will continue and grow and expand the economy and deal with rising cost of living, and provide health coverage to the countries.

There are 43 senatorial aspirants in the Senate and 13 seats are being contested and among them are seven women running for the Palau Senate this year.

The president said that the executive, legislative and judicial are equal and have different functions.

Remengesau is asking for support from the public in his bid for the Senate.

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