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Businessman wins Palau's election, expected to maintain ties with Taiwan

President-elect Surangel Whipps Jr. promises stable relations with US and Taiwan

Palau's President-elect Surangel Whipps Jr. (left) (Facebook, Surangel Jr. photo)

Palau's President-elect Surangel Whipps Jr. (left) (Facebook, Surangel Jr. photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Businessman Surangel Whipps Jr. defeated Vice President Raynold Oilouch in Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) presidential election in Palau, but the Pacific Island nation is expected to maintain official diplomatic ties to Taiwan.

Whipps will succeed his brother-in-law, Tommy Remengesau, Jr., who narrowly defeated him in the previous election four years ago. The future head of state has promised tax reforms, a search for new sources of income, and stable relations with Taiwan and the United States, the Pacific Island Times reported.

Palau is one of Taipei’s 15 official diplomatic allies. It has so far succeeded in staying safe from the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but talks between the two countries about a “travel bubble” have not produced any results, reportedly because of Palau’s fears of imported infections.

Updated : 2022-05-22 15:02 GMT+08:00