11 Dec 2007

Marshalls set to get first coalition government

3:10 pm on 11 December 2007

The Marshall Islands is heading for its first ever coalition government.

Following yesterday's release of the final, unofficial results for the national parliamentary election, neither of the two main political parties has emerged with a majority.

Candidates now have two weeks to file complaints or petitions for recounts.

Our correspondent, Giff Johnson, says this means the results won't become final until just before Christmas, and only if there are no challenges.

"There are just so many mistakes, it's just tainted the whole election process. Everybody is talking to everybody, everybody is talking about how they are going to pull people over, whether it's by offering cabinet postings to bring people in. No matter what, we will have for the first time in the recent history of the Marshall Islands government, we will have a coalition government."

Giff Johnson