Two Kiribati Political Parties Merge Ahead Of Presidential Vote

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

New Tobwaan Kiribati Party hopes nominee will win top post

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 29, 2016) – Two political parties in Kiribati have merged to form the Tobwaan Kiribati Party.

Karikirakean Te I-Kiribati, which is led by a former president Teburoro Tito, and Maurin Kiribati have formed a coalition ahead of next Friday's parliamentary meeting, the first since the election.

The new party is to meet soon to nominate a candidate for the presidential election, which is expected to be held in early March.

Voters will have to choose a successor to Anote Tong who has served the maximum three terms allowed.

In the two rounds to elect a new parliament, 22 of the 44 seats were filled with newcomers.

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