Second Round Of Kiribati Goes Forward This Week

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Two former Presidents face runoffs at the polls

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 5, 2015) – Voters in Kiribati will go to the polls this week in the second round of the election to choose a 44-member parliament.

Among the candidates who failed to win an outright majority in last week's first round is a former president, Teburoro Tito, who is running in South Tarawa against Maere Tekanene.

Another former president, Teatao Teannaki, is standing in the run-off for a remaining seat on Abaiang.

Eliminated in the first round were a government minister Tom Murdoch and the son of Anote Tong who is bowing out of polictics after serving three terms as president.

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