4 Jan 2010

Marshalls parliament opens 2010 sitting

5:27 pm on 4 January 2010

The Marshall Islands parliament has opened its 2010 session, with the new speaker, Alvin Jacklick, promising reforms.

The reforms include a big restructuring plan, including cuts in spending and improving the quality of legislation.

As our correspondent, Giff Johnson, reports, his plans also include longer working hours for parliamentarians.

"What the new speaker Alvin Jacklick is saying is that he wants the parliment here to meet in the morning as it normally does but come back in the afternoon and focus on its legislative programme. The implication is that there's been too much focus on debate and not enough attention spent on legislation. He wants to get the parliament refocused on its primary mission, which is legislation."

Giff Johnson