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Kiribati’s Chief Justice Sir John Baptist Muria has declared Taneti Mamau of the Opposition Tobwaan Kiribati Party (TKB) the island nation’s fifth President to replace Anote Tong.
This is the formal declaration broadcast live on Radio Kiribati this morning, “I Sir John Baptist Muria, Chief Justice, in pursuance to section 15 of the Election of President Act (Cap. 29 A) of the Laws of Kiribati, it is my humble duty to declare and announce the election of the President. The counting of votes has concluded with the following results: Rimeta Beniamina – 12,764 votes, Taneti Mamau – 19, 833 votes and Tianeti Ioane – 482 votes. Total votes casts is 33, 247.”
“It is now my pleasant duty to declare and announce that the successful candidate and therefore President-elect of Kiribati is Taneti Mamau, declared Sir John.
Radio Kiribati reports the result of the Presidential elections reflects the wishes of the people of Kiribati who are in favour of a change in government.
Wednesday’s election result showed that 16 island constituencies voted in favour of the President-elect’s Tobwaan Kiribati Party (TKB) while seven voted for Rimeta Beniamina’s Bautokaan te Koaua (BTK)
The 16 islands that supported TKB are Makin, Butaritari, Marakei, Abaiang, North Tarawa (ETC), Teinainano Urban Council (TUC), Betio (BTC), Abemama, Kuria, Aranuka, Tabiteuea Meang (Tab-North), Onotoa, Beru, Banaba, Christmas (Kiritimati) and Washington (Teraina).
The seven islands in favour of Rimeta Beniamina are Maiana, Nonouti, Tabiteuea Maiaki (Tab-South), Nikunau, Tamana, Arorae and Fanning (Tabuaeran).
A chartered flight from the Office of the President left Tarawa this morning to pick up the President-elect and his wife Teiraeng from their home island of Onotoa for the handing over of the Presidential Seal at the State House in Bairiki this afternoon.
He will be welcomed on arrival at the Bonriki Airport by the Kiribati Police Brass band and the Guard of Honor.
The President-elect will be sworn by Chief Justice Sir John Baptist Muria tomorrow at the Kiribati Parliament House in Ambo.
SOURCE: RADIO KIRIBATI/PACNEWS
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