7 Jan 2008

Decision on new Marshall Islands President due today

11:48 am on 7 January 2008

A decision on who will be the new Marshall Islands President will be made today in Parliament.

It is the first time in the 29-years of constitutional government that there is no clear winner from the November 19 national election, with both major political parties attempting to put together a coalition government.

Our correspondent in the Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson reports.

"Today's Parliament session is the first since the election two months ago and will only deal with the election of the new President and the speaker and vice speaker, so we don't expect there to be any other business other then the election at this stage, at least that's been the tradition of the opening of the Parliament after a national election is that they just elect a president and the two presiding officers and then adjourn for about a week to allow the President to come up and name his Cabinet"