FORMER PALAU FIRST LADY WINS LEGISLATIVE SEAT

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Terry Eledui-Ngiraingas named minister of infrastructure

By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa KOROR (Palau Horizon, Dec. 9, 2009) – In Palau, Peleliu’s former first lady Terry Eledui-Ngiraingas topped the election last week for five at-large state legislative seats.

[PIR editor’s note: Peleliu (or Beliliou) is an island in the nation of Palau. Peleliu forms, along with two small islands to its northeast, one of the sixteen states of Palau. It is located northeast of Angaur and southwest of Koror. The island was the site of the Battle of Peleliu in World War II. Peleliu is a memorial site for both WWII US and Japanese troops.]

The wife of former Gov. Jackson Ngiraingas — who is now minister of public infrastructure, industries and commerce — garnered 277 votes, and was followed by Charles Desengei "Des" Matsutaro with 268; Billy Rekemel, 256; Lucky Ngiradonges, 231; and Johannes Tsuneo, 218.

The losing candidates were Evence Kebekol, with 209 votes; Barret Ridep, 165; Postol Remeliik, 162; and James Beluong, 129.

Mrs. Ngiraingas is currently working for the Palau Supreme Court as clerk IV.

For the hamlet legislative seats, the winners were Alex Ridep-Ngiraingas in Ngerchol, 93 votes; Kalbesang Soalablai, 34 in Ngerdelolk; Joe B. Nobuo, 75 in Ngesias; and Gene Tkel, 31 in Teliu.

They ran unopposed.

In Ngerkeukl, Edwight Mengirarou received 52 votes to defeat Ethiopia "Pia" Mabel who got 45.

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