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Yearbook 2002

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.

2002 Kiribati

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, 2003.

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.

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