Haruo Remeliik

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Haruo Remeliik
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Taken around 1976
1st President of Palau
In office
2 March 1981 30 June 1985
Vice President Alfonso Oiterong
Succeeded by Thomas Remengesau Sr. (acting)
Personal details
Haruo Ignacio Remeliik

(1933-06-01)1 June 1933
Peleliu, Palau
Died30 June 1985(1985-06-30) (aged 52)
Koror, Palau

Haruo Ignacio Remeliik (1 June 1933 – 30 June 1985) was a politician from Palau. He served as the first President of Palau from 2 March 1981 until his assassination on 30 June 1985. He is buried at Kloulklubed in his home state of Peleliu. Remeliik was of mixed Japanese and Palauan descent. [1]

Palau Republic in Oceania

Palau, officially the Republic of Palau, is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. The country contains approximately 340 islands, forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia, and has an area of 466 square kilometers (180 sq mi). The most populous island is Koror. The capital Ngerulmud is located on the nearby island of Babeldaob, in Melekeok State. Palau shares maritime boundaries with the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

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Remeliik's killers remain unknown. Remeliik was shot in the driveway of his home by an unidentified gunman. [2] Six months after the killing, two relatives of Roman Tmetuchl and another man were arrested in connection to the killing; however, they were later released. [3] [4] In March 2000, former presidential candidate and convicted felon John O. Ngiraked claimed responsibility for the conspiracy to kill Remeliik. [5]

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  1. Ron Crocombe (2007). Asia in the Pacific Islands. University of the South Pacific, Institute of Pacific Studies. pp. 103, 112. ISBN   982-02-0388-0.
  2. No Arrests in Slaying Of Pacific Island Leader
  4. Embattled Island: The Assassination of Palau's First President
  5. Shuster, Donald R. (2002). Roman Tmetuchl: A Palauan Visionary. Roman Tmetuchl Family Trust. p. 129. ISBN   982-9064-01-8.
Political offices
Preceded by
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President of Palau
Succeeded by
Thomas Remengesau Sr.