Johnson Toribiong (born 22 July 1946) is a Palauan attorney and politician. Toribiong became the President of Palau, following his victory in the November 2008 election, and left office in 2013. Before 2020 elections, Toribiong has run for president four times - in 1992, 1996, 2008 and 2012.
|8th President of Palau|
15 January 2009 – 17 January 2013
|Vice President||Kerai Mariur|
|Preceded by||Tommy Remengesau|
|Succeeded by||Tommy Remengesau|
|Born||22 July 1946|
Airai, South Pacific Mandate
|Alma mater||University of Washington, Seattle|
Background and earlier careerEdit
Toribiong was born in Airai, one of the states of Palau. He attended the College of Guam, 1965–66, and holds a Juris Doctor degree (1972) and a Master of Laws (1973) degree from the University of Washington School of Law.
He ran for president in the 1992 elections; he attracted 3,188 votes, versus 2,084 for one-term incumbent Ngiratkel Etpison and 3,125 for rival Kuniwo Nakamura; however, as no candidate attracted more than 50% of the vote, Nakamura and Toribiong went on to a runoff election, in which Toribiong was defeated.
President of PalauEdit
Toribiong was a candidate for President of Palau during the November 2008 presidential election. His running mate for Vice President was Kerai Mariur, a Delegate in the Palau National Congress. Toribiong was opposed by Elias Camsek Chin, the outgoing Palauan Vice President.
Toribiong led the early, unofficial vote tally with 1,629 votes to Chin's 1,499. The lead ultimately held and Toribiong defeated Chin in the election.
Toribiong was sworn into office as President of Palau on January 15, 2009.
- Miho, David (2008-11-07). "Johnson Toribiong Wins Palau Presidential Race". Pacific Magazine. Retrieved 2008-11-06.[permanent dead link]
"The voters of Palau reject incumbent President". Radio Australia. 2012-11-08. Archived from the original on 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
While Barack Obama may have won a second term in the White House, there's no such joy in the former US territory of Palau, where voters have thrown out the incumbent President, Johnson Toribiong.
- "Four candidates seek the presidency in Palau elections in 2020". January 19, 2020.
- "Alumni in the News". Retrieved 2008-11-07.
- Miho, David (2008-11-07). "Toribiong Says Palau Must End Its Dependence On U.S. Aid". Pacific Magazine. Retrieved 2008-10-20.[permanent dead link]
- Hassall, Graham; Saunders, Cheryl (2002), Asia-Pacific constitutional systems, Cambridge University Press, p. 93, ISBN 978-0-521-59129-4
- Miho, David (2008-11-05). "Toribiong Has The Lead In Palau Presidential Vote". Pacific Magazine. Retrieved 2008-11-04.[permanent dead link]
- "Secretary Salazar Meets with Palau President Toribiong March 12, 2009". United States Department of the Interior. 2009-03-12. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
- Pacific Magazine: Johnson Toribiong Wins Palau Presidential Race[permanent dead link]
- Pacific Magazine: Palau Election Commission Releases Unofficial Results[permanent dead link]
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