8 Jan 2016

Polls close in second round of Kiribati election

6:33 am on 8 January 2016

Polls have closed for the second round of elections in Kiribati, which will decide a new 44-member parliament.

Polling stations closed at 6pm, with the election office reporting no major problems in the vast country.

Yesterday's election follows last week's first round of voting, where only 19 seats were decided by an outright majority.

Once counting has been completed the new parliament will also have to elect a new president, as Anote Tong has served the maximum three terms allowed.

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