Kessai Note

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Kessai Hesa Note
Kessai Note 2005.jpg
President of the Marshall Islands
In office
10 January 2000 – 14 January 2008
Preceded by Imata Kabua
Succeeded by Litokwa Tomeing
Personal details
Born (1950-08-07) 7 August 1950 (age 66)
Ailinglaplap Atoll, Marshall Islands
Political party UDP
Spouse(s) Mary Neimoj Yamamura

Kessai Hesa Note (born August 7, 1950 in Ailinglaplap), was President of the Marshall Islands from 2000 to 2008.

Having served as Speaker of Parliament since 1988, he was elected President in 2000, and was the first commoner (rather than a traditional chief) to be elected to the Presidency.[1] He is a member of the United Democratic Party, and was reelected by parliament in January 2004, receiving 20 votes, while Justin deBrum received 9.

On January 7, 2008, following the November 2007 general election, he was defeated in his bid for re-election in a vote of Parliament, receiving 15 votes against 18 for Litokwa Tomeing.[1][2]

Kessai Note (right) with U.S. Delegate Eni Faleomavaega.

Note is of Japanese-Marshallese descent, having inherited his Japanese heritage from his paternal grandfather.[3] Note's grandfather was a native of Niigata Prefecture, and settled in the Marshall Islands during the Japanese colonial era and married a Marshallese wife.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Imata Kabua
President of the Marshall Islands
2000–2008
Succeeded by
Litokwa Tomeing