Kiribati. According to
Countryaah website, the parliamentary elections were a defeat for
the Maneaban Te Mauri ruling party. To win a mandate
requires at least half of the votes in a constituency. Only
13 of the 40 members could be elected in the first round of
voting on November 29. Among them was opposition leader
Harry Tong, one of President Teburoro Tito's main opponents.
Tito was re-elected at the second round of elections on
December 6, when the rest of the seats were distributed.
However, seven of his ministers lost their mandate. After
the New Year, the new parliament would nominate candidates
for the presidential election scheduled for January 30,
The choice was marked by a debate on China's robotic
weapons tracking facility located in the country. The Titor
government has granted the facility permission, which the
opposition has criticized. The opposition also accused the
Chinese embassy of funding Tito's election campaign.