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Republic of Palau Elects Tommy Remengesau, Jr. as President

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Former President and current Senator Tommy Remengesau of Republic Palau was today declared as the new president of the island country in the western Pacific Ocean.

Reports say it would be Remengesau's 3rd term as Palau's President.

After being a Senator, Vice-president, President and Senator again, Tommy Remengesau Jr. will again return to the office of Palau's President.

Thomas Esang Remengesau, a Palauan politician who was President of Palau from 2001 to 2009. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Hailing the Remengesau's victory, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sends warmest congratulations to newly elected President and to the people of Palau.

"The United States applauds Palau for its unyielding commitment to good governance, equality, and individual liberty. Our longstanding friendship reflects our shared faith in these core values." -Ms. Clinton

Both countries will continue to combat climate change, empower women, promote opportunities for young people and strengthen security around the world, Ms. Clinton stressed.

Aerial view of limestone islands. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The US is grateful for the extraordinary heroism Palauan citizens have displayed through their continued voluntary service in the United States Armed forces.

"Congratulations to President Remengesau, Jr. and to the people of Palau. We look forward to continuing our work toward peace, progress, and prosperity." -Ms. Clinton

Palau is an island nation east of the Philippines and north of Indonesia. Palau has the oldest known burial ceremony in Oceania. Inhabitants appear to originate from Polynesia and Asia, possibly somewhere between 2500 BC and 1000 BC, but skeletal remains of small-bodied humans may invalidate that date range.

The US administered the islands for many years after 1947, but Palau is now independednt, but freely associates with the US. The two countries work together on issues of mutual interest, from fostering economic growth and ensuring regional security, to combating climate change and protecting the environment.

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