MARSHALLS LAWMAKERS TO CHOOSE NEW PRESIDENT

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 4) – The Marshall Islands parliament meets on Monday for the first time since the November 19th national election to elect a new President.

It is the first time in the 29 years of constitutional government that there is no clear winner from the national election, with both major political parties attempting to put together a coalition government.

The ruling United Democratic Party lost its 20-seat majority in the parliament, but the opposition Aelon Kein Ad (Our Islands) party also failed to win a majority leaving the balance of power in the hands of five independents.

Officials with the UDP say that President Kessai Note will not seek a third term and will be replaced by a UDP-aligned candidate who will draw the support of the independents to get the 17-vote majority needed for Monday¹s election.

But AKA officials say they will elect Speaker Litokwa Tomeing, who defected from the UDP before the election.

 

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