Kiribati. According to
Countryaah official site, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon made a two-day
visit to Kiribati in early September to see with his own
eyes one of the Pacific Island nations most threatened by
global warming. Climate change was an important issue before
the parliamentary elections in October. The election
campaign also talked about Kiribati's problematic economy
and more jobs. The turnout is usually low. Ahead of the 2011
elections, the Election Commission ran a campaign in which
election workers traveled around the islands to get the
approximately 60,000 voters to go and vote.
There were 138 people, including 12 women, competing for
Parliament's 44 elected seats. The country's three parties,
which are really loosely composed alliances, ran in the
elections held in two rounds on October 21 and 28. When the
election results were presented, it was clear that 29 of the
44 MEPs had been re-elected, and that 15 new members had
been elected to Parliament. President Anote Tong of the
Alliance Boutokaan Te Koaua (BTK) retained his seat in
The new parliament then nominated three presidential
candidates to run in the December 30 presidential election.
The incumbent President Tong was one of the elect. The other
candidates were opposition leader Rimeta Beniamina and the
doctor, as well as businessman Tetaua Taitai.
The presidential election was later moved until January
13, 2012 so that the residents who wanted to be able to
celebrate New Year abroad.