MARSHALL ISLANDS
Parliamentary Chamber: Nitijela

ELECTIONS HELD IN 1999

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Chamber:
  Nitijela


Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  22 November 1999


Purpose of elections:

  Elections were held for all the seats in Parliament on the normal expiry of the members' term of office.


Background and outcome of elections:

  General elections had previously been held in November 1995. Shortly thereafter, President of the Republic Amata Kabua was re-elected for a fifth presidential term. However, in December 1996, he died following a brief illness and was succeeded by his cousin, paramount chief Imata Kabua. The latter was elected on 13 January 1997 by the Nitijela, defeating its Speaker Kessai Note and Mr. Wilfred Kendall, a former ambassador. Mr. Kendall is currently Minister of Justice in the nine-member Cabinet.

The Nitijela is advised by the House of Iroij, comprising 12 traditional leaders. Its members sit as independents.

STATISTICS

Comments:
  No parties exist.

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 32
Women: 1
Percent of women: 3.03


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