MAJURO SENATOR RESIGNS AS SPEAKER

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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe Online, Aug. 1) - The Honorable
Jurelang Zedkaia, a Majuro Senator of the nation's parliamentary body, has
resigned from his position as "Nitijela" Vice-Speaker, according to
sources out of Majuro.

Senator Zedkaia is a longtime politician and community leader.
He is the son of Leroij Atama Zedkaia, the highest traditional leader of Majuro.

In the 1999 national election, he survived the upset of his
party, which had governed under the leadership of RMI Presidents Amata Kabua and
Imata Kabua, and retained his seat in the Nitijela.

He finished third in the bid for one of Majuro's five Nitijela
seats, although the other four seats went to United Democratic Party candidates.

When the legislature convened in early January 2000, Senator
Zedkaia was unanimously elected Vice-Speaker, after losing the bid for Speaker
to UDP Chairman Litokwa Tomeing.

August 5, 2003

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