The lieutenant governor of the Northern Marianas was sworn in yesterday, following the death of the governor, Eloy Inos.
Mr Inos died suddenly in a hospital in Seattle, following open heart surgery.
The 66 year old leaves behind adult children and grandchildren.
He was elected along with his running mate, Ralph Torrres, only a year ago, but had taken over from the disgraced Benigno Fitial, who this year pleaded guilty to corruption.
Our correspondent, Mark Rabago, says Mr Torres is very young for a leader, but has experience and a good track record.
"Although he is young, he is only 35 or 36 years old, he will be continuing his projects, they have the same ideas, which is fix business, the finances, and hopefully he will continue to make the government transparent and make the government have the trust of the people."