Heine elected as Marshall Islands President

(L-R) First Gentleman Tommy Kitchener Jr.; President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine; Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest Miller, USAG-KA command sergeant major; Mr. Don Bradshaw, USAG-KA deputy garrison commander; and Maj. Dae Choi, host nation director for USAG-KA. (U.S. Army photo by Mike Brantley, USAG-KA Public Affairs Officer)

Marshall Islands has elected its 10th President, Dr Hilda Heine.

Photo: Office of the President, RMI.

Dr Heine received 17 votes when the Marshall Islands Nitijela voted yesterday, just one more than outgoing President, David Kabua.

It is Dr Heine’s second term as President; she also served from 2016-2020.

The vote follows November’s election.

Meanwhile, Taiwan has congratulated Dr Heine on her successful nomination.

A congratulatory message from President Tsai Ing-wen has been delivered to Heine via Taiwan’s embassy in the Pacific island nation, MOFA said in a news release.

And Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata has also congratulated Heine upon her election.

As part of a congressional delegation, Amata visited RMI a few months ago to discuss these shared priorities, and as Chairman of the Indo-Pacific Task Force of the Natural Resources Committee, she worked in Congress for the necessary passage of a renewal of the Compact of Free Association (COFA) agreement.

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