Thomas Remengesau Sr.
|Thomas Remengesau, Sr.|
|Acting President of Palau|
30 June 1985 – 2 July 1985
|Preceded by||Haruo Remeliik|
|Succeeded by||Alfonso Oiterong|
|2nd Vice President of Palau|
25 October 1985 – 20 August 1988
|Preceded by||Alfonso Oiterong|
|Succeeded by||Kuniwo Nakamura|
|4th President of Palau|
20 August 1988 – 1 January 1989
|Preceded by||Lazarus Salii|
|Succeeded by||Ngiratkel Etpison|
Thomas Ongelibel Remengasau|
28 November 1929
Koror, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
|Children||8 (including Thomas "Tommy" Remengesau Jr.)|
Thomas Ongelibel Remengesau (born 28 November 1929), also known Thomas Remengesau Sr., is a politician in Palau. He was Vice President of Palau from 1985 to 1988, and acting President of Palau twice (1985 and 1988–1989), following the violent deaths of two presidents.
When President Haruo Remeliik was assassinated in June 1985, Vice President Oiterong returned from New York City to Palau on 2 July to take office of the President. Between these dates Minister of Justice Remengesau served as acting President until 2 July 1985.
Remengesau was elected as Vice President in the special election in August 1985. After the shooting of President Lazarus Salii in August 1988, Remengesau became the President of Palau until Ngiratkel Etpison was sworn in January 1989.
Remengesau is married to Ferista Esang Remengesau, who served as First Lady of Palau during her husband's brief terms as President. They have eight children. Their eldest child is Thomas Remengesau Jr., who has been the President of Palau from 2001 to 2009 and since 2013. A daughter of Thomas Remengesau Sr. and Ferista Esang Remengesau married Surangel Whipps Jr., a businessman and Palauan Senator who was a candidate in the 2016 Palauan presidential election.
- Presidential Proclaimation NO. 10-27
- The National Union newspaper
- "New York Times article on his second ascension to acting President". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- Biography Palau National Government, retrieved 2018-03-14
- "Palau island election: Brothers-in-law vying for presidency". The Independent. 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
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