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FSM’S MORI STUMPS IN CNMI FOR ANOTHER TERM Goal is economic development

By Emmanuel T. Erediano SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Jan. 31, 2011) – Federated States of Micronesia President Emmanuel Mori expressed optimism that the CNMI economy will recover.

"Just work harder," said Mori who also thanked Gov. Benigno R. Fitial for supporting the FSM president’s fund raising lunch at the Fiesta Resort & Spa.

Mori, who is running for Chuuk’s four-year term seat in the FSM Congress, said if successful, he is confident that he will be reelected president because he has the support of the majority of the 14 FSM senators representing Ponhpei, Kosrae, Yap and Chuuk.

The FSM president is elected to a four-year term by the FSM Congress. Mori was elected president in May 2007.

Each of the states has a four-year term senator. The other 10 senators serve for two years and their number per state is based on population.

Chuuk has five senators, Ponhpei, three; Yap and Kosrae, one each.

Mori, in an interview, said once re-elected president, he will implement more reforms toward economic development.

Mori at the same time commended Fitial for signing the shark fin ban measure. He said he will do the same "because we need conservation."

He also called on the FSM people living in the CNMI to keep working hard and to respect commonwealth laws.

Fitial said he organized Mori’s fundraising on Saipan as a show of his "all out" support for the FSM president’s reelection bid.

Asked why it is important to support FSM leaders, Fitial said: "You have to remember that they were all here before. We all worked together."

The FSM, the Northern Marianas, Palau and the Marshall Islands once formed the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and were administered by the U.S. Saipan was the TT government’s capital.

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