Lazarus Eitaro Salii (17 November 1936 – 20 August 1988) was a politician from Palau. He served as the second elected[1] President of Palau from 25 October 1985 until his death by suicide on 20 August 1988, amid bribery allegations.[2]

Lazarus Salii
3rd President of Palau
In office
25 October 1985 – 20 August 1988
Vice PresidentThomas Remengesau Sr.
Preceded byAlfonso Oiterong
Succeeded byThomas Remengesau Sr.
Personal details
Lazarus Eitaro Salii

(1936-11-17)17 November 1936
Angaur, South Seas Mandate (present day Palau)
Died20 August 1988(1988-08-20) (aged 51)
Koror, Palau
Cause of deathsuicide
Political partyTa Belau[1]
SpouseTina Salii
RelativesCarlos Salii (brother)

Salii was elected to the Senate of Micronesian Congress.[3] He was involved in the Palau Constitutional Convention of 1978. After the Constitution took effect in 1981, he became an ambassador. As ambassador, he was given wide-ranging authority to negotiate with the U.S. ambassador.[4] He was ambassador until 1984, when he became a senator, representing Koror in the Palau National Congress.

When President Haruo Remeliik was assassinated on 30 June 1985, Salii was elected in August to finish his term of office (although Thomas Remengesau and then Alfonso Oiterong served in the interim). Following his suicide by gunshot in 1988, he was succeeded by Vice President Remengesau as president for the remainder of his term, followed by Ngiratkel Etpison as the fifth president.[5]

He was the elder brother of Carlos Salii.[6]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Embattled Island", Arnold H. Leibowitz. 1996
  2. ^ "Second President of Palau Is Found Shot to Death," New York Times, 21 August 1988
  3. ^ "Personnel - Johnston, Edward" (PDF). Retrieved 28 June 2023.
  4. ^ Donald R. Shuster. "Elections, compact and Assassination in the Republic of Palau".
  5. ^ "Index Sa". Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  6. ^ Leibowitz, Arnold (16 February 1996). "Embattled Island: Palau's Struggle for Independence". Greenwood Publishing Group.
Political offices
Preceded by President of Palau
Succeeded by