The Nitijela of the Republic of the Marshall Islands pursuant to its Constitutional mandate, opened it’s 37th Constitutional Session on the 4th of January 2016, with the central focus on the elections of the Speaker, the Vice Speaker and the President for the new four-year term of the Nitijela.
Senator Kenneth Kedi was elected as the Seventh Speaker of the Nitijela. He was nominated by the Kien Eo Ad (KEA) Party and received majority of 19 votes over the former President Christopher Loeak with 14 votes, who was nominated by the Aelon Kein Ad (AKA) Party.
Listed below is the history of Speakers of the Nitijela of the Republic of the Marshall Islands:
1979 - 1987 1st Speaker - Hon. Atlan Anien.
1988 - 1999 2nd Speaker - Hon. Kessai H. Note
2000 - 2007 3rd Speaker - Hon. Litokwa Tomeing
2008 - 2009 4th Speaker - Hon. Jurelang Zedkaia
2010 - 2011 5th Speaker - Hon. Alvin T. Jacklick
2012 - 2015 6th Speaker - Hon. Donald F. Capelle
The Election of the Speaker was conducted by the outgoing Speaker, Donald Capelle, who handed over the gavel to Speaker Kedi upon his taking office, to conduct the election of the Vice Speaker, followed by the Presidential election. The Vice Speaker seat was won by Senator Jejwarick Anton with the same number of votes casted against Senator Eldon Note.
Senator Casten Nemra of Jaluit Atoll was elected the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands by a simple majority of 17 votes against Senator Alvin T. Jacklick with 16 votes. Both Speaker Kedi and President Nemra are 44 years of age, representing a new leadership in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.