Kiribati presidential election, July 2003

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Presidential elections were held in Kiribati on 4 July 2003, the second in six months after previous President, Teburoro Tito, had been removed from office by a motion of no confidence in the Parliament just a month after winning the February elections,[1] and just a day into his new term.[2] The Kiribati Court of Appeal ruled that the single day in office constituted a third term, barring him from standing in further elections in accordance with the constitution.[2]

The result was a victory for Anote Tong, who defeated his brother Harry Tong by just under 4%.[3]


Candidate Party Votes %
Anote Tong Pillars of Truth 13,556 47.4
Harry Tong Protect the Maneaba 12,457 43.5
Banuera Berina Independent 2,591 9.1
Total 28,604 100
Source: Adam Carr