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PALIKIR, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (April 3, 2001 - FSM Information Service)---Ieske K. Iehsi, on Thursday morning, March 29, was sworn into office as the new Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Federated States of Micronesia.

Confirmed during the Fourth Special Session of the FSM Congress, Iehsi replaces Epel K. Ilon, who resigned from the cabinet post last December.

The President’s Cabinet includes:

Department of Economic Affairs – Sebastian Anefal Department of Finance & Administration – John Ehsa Department of Foreign Affairs – Ieske K. Iehsi Department of Justice – Paul E. McIlrath Department of Health Education & Social Affairs – Eliuel K. Pretrick Department of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure –Lambert N. Lokopwe Office of the Public Defender – Beauleen C. Worswick

President Leo A. Falcam and his Cabinet along with a gathering of national government officials, the Diplomatic Corps, families and close friends were witness to administering of the Oath of Office to Iehsi by Judah Johnny, Pohnpei State Chief Justice.

President Falcam welcomed the Secretary to his new post, advising him of the great challenges that lie ahead. He expressed his confidence in Iehsi’s abilities and advised him to maintain his perspectives on things.

The President had noted in his letter to Congress that Iehsi’s background and current responsibilities "uniquely qualifies" him to take on this important role. Iehsi’s wealth of experiences and major educational accomplishments provided the requisite support needed for the position.

Iehsi graduated from the University of Hawai‘i in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In 1995, he received his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In between the two periods of educational study, Iehsi invested more than 20 years in government at both the state and national levels as a public servant.

Iehsi's 23-year public service career began in 1977 when he joined the staff of the Congress of Micronesia as Assistant Chief Clerk of the Senate.

Upon the installation of the FSM constitutional government in 1979, he was appointed by President Nakayama as FSM’s Liaison Officer with the U.S. Trust Territory Government in Saipan. He coordinated the negotiations for the transfer of governmental functions and property from the TTPI to the FSM national government in Pohnpei.

Iehsi continued his national government services with the FSM Attorney General as office manager until 1982, when he joined the executive staff of the President as Special Assistant on legislative matters.

Five years later, he was promoted to Chief of Staff, a position he held until his transfer in 1992 to the then Department of External Affairs, as the Chief of Protocol.

Following his return from Harvard in 1995, Iehsi served as a Special Assistant to the governor of Pohnpei state until 1997, when he rejoined the Department of Foreign Affairs as the Deputy Secretary.

Throughout his career, Iehsi has been active in civic affairs at all three levels of government. At the national level, he was vice chairman of the Micronesia Maritime Authority from 1988 – 1991.

Iehsi was a framer of the First Pohnpei State Constitutional Convention in 1983, where he served as the Vice Chairman of the Committee on General Provisions.

He was elected a couple years later to the first Pingelap Municipal Constitutional Convention, and was president of the Second Pingelap Municipal Constitutional Convention in 1999.

He co-organized, in 1996, the first Pohnpei state economic summit.

Iehsi has, since 1988, been a member of the Pingelap Council of Traditional Leaders (Penik), holding the title of Noahs. In addition, he is an active member of his community church in Sokehs, Pohnpei.

Iehsi is married to the former Merihne John. They are the parents of five adult children.

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