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President of Kiribati

  • Anote Tong got elected as the President of Kiribati thrice, July 2003, October 2007 and in January 2011.
  • Born in Tabuaeran, Tong is the son of a Chinese migrant who settled in the Gilberts after World War II.
  • He did his Masters in Economics degree from the London School of Economics.
  • He is married to an I-Kiribati woman, First Lady Nei Meme, and has seven children.
  • President Tong has attracted international attention by warning that his country may become uninhabitable by the 2050s due to rising sea levels and salination provoked by climate change.
  • In July 2003 election, he won against his brother, Dr. Harry Tong (43.5%) and the private lawyer Banuera Berina (9.1%).
  • The election was contested on allegation of electoral fraud but the High Court of Tarawa had confirmed that there was no fraud.
  • In 2012, Tong was reelected for a third term, although with a significantly smaller percentage than in the previous two elections.
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