The newly sworn-in governor of the Northern Mariana islands, Benigno Fitial, has promised to reinvigorate the country's economy.
The Saipan Tribune newspaper reports a ceremonial oath-taking took place at the Marianas High School gymnasium yesterday.
Mr Fitial told the assembled crowd that his administration's top priority was the economy.
He said he would rein in government excesses and insist on financial accountability and address the problems at the national Retirement Fund.
Mr Fitial said he and his deputy Timothy Villagomez would ensure significant progress was made in delivering power and water services.
He said the country would retain strict control over non-resident workers and maximise local employment.