Monday, October 26, 2009
Here's some news from Majuro, capital of the Pacific island nation of Republic of the Marshall Islands. There is a new head of state. He is Jurelang Zedkaia, who was chosen on October 26, 2009 to replace former President Litokwa Tomeing, who lost a vote of confidence last Wednesday.
President Zedkaia was chosen by a 17-15 vote of the Nitjela (the parliament). He was the Nitijela Speaker and Iroij (traditional chief). He was Majuro senator and had been speaker of the parliament for less than two years. President Zedkaia was chosen over Kessai Note, who had previously served as RMI President from 2000 to 2007. Note had "led the charge in the No Confidence Vote against Tomeing."
Hat tip to the East-West Center in Honolulu.