Anjua Loeak

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Anjua Loeak is the current iroijlaplap (or paramount chief) of Ailinglaplap, and one of four paramount chiefs in the Marshall Islands. Loeak's domain lies in the Ralik Chain and is shared with the iroijlaplap of Kwajalein, currently Imata Kabua.

Loeak has been a staunch supporter of community-based organisations, such as the Women United Together of the Marshall Islands.[1]

In May 2011, Loeak and Kabua signed, along with president and fellow chief Jurelang Zedkaia, an agreement amending the terms to the United States' lease on the Reagan Test Site on Ebeye.[2] The agreement, termed the Kwajalein Land Use Agreement, extended the lease until 2066 and raised the annual cost by US$3.7 million to US$15 million. The annual payments are divided among some 90 landowners; being one of the largest landowners in the country, Loeak receives 11.3% of this.[3][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loeak, A.L.; Kiluwe, V.; Crowl, L. (2004). Life in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. University of the South Pacific. p. 87. ISBN 978-982-02-0364-8. 
  2. ^ Islands Business International (11 May 2011). "Marshalls chiefs ink Kwajalein deal with US". Islands Business. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  3. ^ Walter F. Roche (17 May 2003). "Lease dispute threatens future of islands". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  4. ^ Government of the Marshall Islands (10 May 2011). "Kwajalein Land Use Agreement Reached". Office of the President. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  5. ^ Johnson, G. (9 May 2011). "RMI agrees to extend US base". Marianas Variety. Retrieved 2011-07-24.