Oilouch, Whipps to face off in Palau's presidential election

Surangel Whipps Jr

Koror-- Raynold Oilouch and Surangel Whipps Jr., who are emerging as the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary election, will face off in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Oilouch is Palau's sitting vice president while Whipps is a businessman and former senator, whose served from 2006 to 2016. He ran against President Tommy Remengesau in the 2016 presidential election.

Nearly 8,000 voters cast their votes in the primary election.

Obtaining 3,546 votes, Whipps Jr. leads the pack in the four-way race, followed by Oilouch, who garnered 1,984 votes. They edged out the two other presidential hopefuls, Alan Seid and Johnson Toribiong.