With Palau President Tommy Remengesau ending his term and retiring from politics, the field of presidential election in September has drawn at least four hopefuls: Alan Seid (former senator businessman), Surangel S. Whipps Jr. (former Palauan senator and businessman) Raynold B. Oilouch (incumbent vice president and Minister of Justice) Johnson Toribiong (former president and businessman)
Alan Rechuldak Seid was elected as delegate of Koror State in 1988 and served three terms. This is the first in a series of Q&A with Palau’s presidential candidates.
Pacific Island Times: When did you decide to join the presidential race? What inspired you to run for president? How did you first announce your candidacy?
Alan Seid: I made the decision sometimes in June last year. The inspiration has been a lifelong plan and the continued love for Palau. I announced my candidacy on the television and radio simultaneously on the eve of Palau 25th Independence Day last year.