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List of presidents of the Marshall Islands

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Dec 16, 2021

The following is a list of presidents of the Marshall Islands, since the establishment of that office in 1979. The president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands is the head of state and government of the Marshall Islands. The President is elected by the Nitijeļā (Legislature) from among its members. Presidents pick cabinet members from the Nitijeļā.

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President of the
Republic of the Marshall Islands

Seal of Government of
the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Incumbent
David Kabua

since 13 January 2020

Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Amata Kabua
Formation 17 November 1979
Deputy Minister in Assistance to the President of Marshall Islands
Salary 60,000 USD annually[1]

Amata Kabua was elected as the first President of the Republic in 1979. Subsequently, he was re-elected to four-year terms in 1983, 1987, 1991, and 1996. After Amata Kabua’s death in office, his first cousin, Imata Kabua, won a special election in 1997. Casten Nemra, who was elected and took office in January 2016, was replaced by Hilda Heine one week later. Current Marshallese President David Kabua is the son of Amata Kabua.

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No. Portrait President

(Birth–Death)

Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Amata Kabua
(1928–1996)
November 17, 1979 December 20, 1996 17 years,

33 days

Independent
Kunio Lemari
(1942–2008)

Acting

December 20, 1996 January 14, 1997 25 days Aelon̄ Kein Ad
United Democratic Party
2 Imata Kabua
(1943–2019)
January 14, 1997 January 10, 2000 2 years,

361 days

Aelon̄ Kein Ad
United Democratic Party
3 Kessai Note
(1950–)
January 10, 2000 January 14, 2008 8 years,

4 days

United Democratic Party
4 Litokwa Tomeing
(1939–2020)
January 14, 2008 October 21, 2009

(vote of no confidence)

1 year,

280 days

United People’s Party
Ruben Zackhras
(1947–2019)

Acting

October 21, 2009 November 2, 2009 12 days United Democratic Party
5 Jurelang Zedkaia
(1950–2015)
November 2, 2009 January 10, 2012 2 years,

68 days

Independent
6 Christopher Loeak
(1952–)
January 10, 2012 January 11, 2016 4 years,

1 day

Independent
7 Casten Nemra
(1971–)
January 11, 2016 January 28, 2016

(vote of no confidence)

17 days Independent
8 Hilda C. Heine
(1951–)
January 28, 2016 January 13, 2020 3 years,

350 days

Independent
9 David Kabua
(1951–)
January 13, 2020 Incumbent 1 year, 331 days Aelon̄ Kein Ad
United Democratic Party

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