29 Jan 2009

New attorney for Marshall Islands Parliament is Solomon Islander

2:36 pm on 29 January 2009

A Solomon Islander has been named the new attorney for the Marshall Islands Nitijela or Parliament.

The country's Public Service Commission approved the appointment for Divine Waiti, who has worked in the Marshall Islands for two and a half years as a deputy in the government's Public Defender's office.

Mr Waiti, now the legislative counsel for parliament, is one of three Pacific Island attorneys in top government legal posts in Majuro.

The others are Tion Nabau of Kiribati, who is acting Attorney General, and Russell Kun, former Speaker of the Nauru Parliament and now Chief Public Defender.

From Malaita in Solomon Islands, Mr Waiti graduated from the University of the South Pacific Law School in Vanuatu in 2002.

He returned home to manage Save the Children, an international non-government organisation that provides services to women and children.

After a year with the NGO, he became a staff attorney with the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Solomons.

Mr Waiti has a master's degree in human rights law from the University of London.