Haruo Remeliik

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Haruo Remeliik
Haruo Ignacio Remeliik.jpg
Taken around 1976
1st President of Palau
In office
2 March 1981 – 30 June 1985
Vice PresidentAlfonso Oiterong
Succeeded byThomas 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]

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]


  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.

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Political offices
Preceded by
New office
President of Palau
Succeeded by
Thomas Remengesau, Sr.