RMI elects new president

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

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has a new president.

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

The Marshall Islands follow 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.

Kabua served as the RMI Minister of Health in 2012-2013, and Minister of Internal Affairs in 2014.

He is the son of Amata Kabua, who served as the first president of the island nation in 1979. RMI received full independence in free association with the United States during that year.