Hilda Heine Becomes First Women President Of The RMI

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

One week into term, Nemra ousted in no-confidence vote

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 27, 2017) – The Marshall Islands parliament has elected Hilda Heine as the country's new president, becoming the first woman in Micronesia to head a government.

She secured 24 votes in the 33-member legislature.

Her election comes a day after a no confidence motion removed Casten Nemra, who had been sworn in last week.

[PIR editor’s note: On Jan. 26, 2016 RNZI reported that ‘The 33 senators in the Nitijela voted 21-12 in favour of the motion, ending the shortest presidency in the history of Marshall Islands. .. Mr Nemra, who was elected to the legislature in November, was inaugurated a week ago, after winning the presidency by a one-vote margin earlier this month. … Our correspondent in Majuro says a motion has never been filed so soon after an inauguration, and it reflects the lack of a clear majority and shifting coalitions, rather than poor performance by Mr Nemra.’]

Ms Heine has been the education minister and is the founder of Women United Together Marshall Islands.

The Marshall Islands had a general election in November, which saw a series of veteran politicians lose office.

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