New Republic of the Marshall Islands president sworn in

David Kabua is the new president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. (Photo image taken from the RMI NTA livestream)

David Kabua, the newly-elected president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and members of his new Cabinet were sworn in on Monday.

Members of the RMI parliament, judiciary, and other local leaders witnessed the ceremony.

Aside from RMI’s traditional leaders, members of the parliament and the judiciary witnessed the ceremony.

Also at the ceremony were leaders from RMI’s neighboring countries and diplomatic allies, including FSM President David Panuelo and First Lady Patricia Edwin; Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr., US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie; and Taiwan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hsu Szu Chien.

Kabua defeated incumbent Hilda C. Heine on a vote of 20-12 during the RMI Parliament’s first session after the November elections.

The RMI follows a parliamentary system of electing its President. Both Kabua and Heine received nominations for the presidency after winning in their respective districts. The senators then vote after nominating the candidates for President.