FSM president likely to lose seat to House speaker

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Guam – The election for president in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is too close to call, with incumbent president Peter Christian facing the likelihood of being edged out by his challenger, David Panuelo.

According to preliminary and unofficial results of Tuesday’s elections, Panuelo received 6,773 votes against Christian’s 6,716.

Panuelo is speaker of FSM Congress, while Christian was elected president in 2015. FSM presidents serves a four-year term.

FSM voters also cast their votes for members of the 14-man parliament and a referendum calling a Constitutional Convention.

Thirty candidates from across the nation ran for the 21st Congress.

The FSM National Election Office is expected to release the election results this week.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.