Palau President Remengesau Narrowly Wins Reelection

Preliminary count shows incumbent beating Whipps 5,109 to 4,854

By Junhan B. Todiño

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Nov. 11, 2016) – Palau President Tommy Remengesau has defeated his brother-in-law, Sen. Surangel Whipps Jr., to win a fourth term.

Based on the unofficial tally released by the Palau consulate on Saipan, Remengesau garnered 5,109 votes while Whipps received 4,854.

In the vice presidential race, Arnold Oilouch is leading with 5,196 votes against Yositaka Adachi who had 4,643 votes.

Palau Consul Eileen Kintol said the unofficial tally includes the absentee votes which the Palau election commission received on Tuesday and tabulated on Wednesday.

“We need seven more days after the counting of the absentee votes to certify the election results,” she said.

Palauan Community Association of Saipan president Peoris Besong said they are thankful for all the candidates who campaigned on Saipan and presented their platforms of government.

He said the Palauan community on Saipan has confidence in their newly elected officials.

Nariany Sikwang, one of the Palauan community members on Saipan, said they are happy with the election results.

“We’ve been waiting for news from Palau because we are eager to celebrate with the winners,” she added.

Kintol said those who want to inquire about the election results may call the Palau Consulate at 285-7538.

On his Facebook page, Remengesau expressed his appreciation to the people of Palau.

“I would like to take this opportunity and thank all of you, the Palauan people, for your support and commitment throughout this long and arduous campaign season.

“This campaign required a strong and organized grassroots movement that needed to reach out to the thousands of Palauans here at home and many more thousands of our fellow Palauans living abroad. Throughout my life and career as your grassroots candidate, I have never been through an election such as this. It took so much to get this far, and I am sure you and your family feel the same way. The longest and costliest campaign in our history required us to keep up with the unprecedented campaign efforts of our opponents.”

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