New CNMI governor calls for talks with Obama

7:47 pm on 5 January 2016

The Northern Marianas governor has renewed the territory's call for talks with United States President Barack Obama about delays in approving more than 2,000 contract worker permits.

CNMI governor Ralph Torres being sworn in

CNMI governor Ralph Torres being sworn in Photo: RNZI Mark Rabago

The newly-sworn in governor says he wants to discuss the impending phase out of the contract worker programme, and the US military's desire to alter leases to conduct live-fire training in the territory.

The CNMI's Convenant with the US allows for periodic consultations between the commonwealth and the federal government on matters affecting the relationship.

Mr Torres, who replaces the late governor Eloy Inos, who died last week, is reiterating Mr Inos's request for consultations last October.