Kiribati. According to Countryaah.com, Kiribati Independence Day is July 12. Teburoro Tito was re-elected for a third term in the presidential election Feb. 24 after defeating Tarberannang Timeon by a marginal margin. On March 28, the new government fell after losing a vote on the budget. A transitional government took over pending new elections.
Elections to Parliament’s 42 seats were held on May 9. Tito’s political group, Maneaban Te Mauri, was the largest with 24 seats. In the new presidential election on July 4, former minister Anote Tong overcame his older brother, political veteran Harry Tong.
Parliament was reopened in September and the state budget was approved. During the election campaign, Anote Tong pledged to act against China, which has a disputed satellite monitoring facility on the main tarawa Tarawa. As part of that policy, the government established diplomatic relations with Taiwan in November, leading to China breaking its relations with Kiribati. In November, information came out that Chinese technicians had begun to dismantle the monitoring equipment.