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Roman Tmetuchl (February 11, 1926 - October 1998) was a Palau political leader and businessman.[1] During World War II, he was recruited to work for the Kempeitai, the Empire of Japan's military police.[2] He later served in the Congress of Micronesia, and went into business, through which he amassed a fortune of US$35 million. He later served as Palau's chief negotiator on the discussions regarding the Compact of Free Association.[1] He ran for president of Palau in the 1988 elections, the final elections conducted under a plurality voting system. He received 26% of the vote, or just 31 votes fewer than the winning candidate Ngiratkel Etpison; the near-tie led elections in Palau to be reformed, and after that they were conducted under majority voting, with a second round if no candidate received more than half of all votes cast.[3] Palau International Airport was renamed as the Roman Tmetuchl International Airport in his honor in a resolution by the Senate of Palau proposed by senators Reklai, Koshiba, Seid, Diaz, and Dengokl on April 11, 2006 and later passed on May 4 of the same year. The resolution stated that "The Roman Tmetuchl International Airport is a fitting name for Palau's international airport due to Mr. Tmetuchl's numerous years of valuable services he provided to the Republic and for the assistance he provided in developing the airport."[4][5] References ^ a b Shuster, Donald R, "Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 1998 to 30 June 1999", The Contemporary Pacific 12 (1): 217–220,  ^ Tmetuchi, Roman (2001), "I Worked for the Kempeitai", in Petty, Bruce M., Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, ISBN 0786409916  ^ Hassall, Graham; Saunders, Cheryl (2002), Asia-Pacific constitutional systems, Cambridge University Press, p. 93, ISBN 9780521591294  ^ "Roman Tmetuchl International Airport", Palau Horizon, April 21-24, 2006  ^ Ngiraiwet, Florencia (2007-11-02), Senate Joint Resolution Status Table, Senate of Palau,, retrieved 2008-02-25  Further reading Shuster, Donald R. (2002), Roman Tmetuchl: A Palauan Visionary, Roman Tmetuchl Family Trust, ISBN 9829064018  External links Photograph, 1956 at the Trust Territory of the Pacific Archives, hosted by the University of Hawaii Photograph, c. 1970 at the Trust Territory of the Pacific Archives, hosted by the University of Hawaii Persondata Name Tmetuchl, Roman Alternative names Short description Date of birth Place of birth Date of death Place of death This article about Palau is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. v • d • e