President of the Marshall Islands

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President of the
Republic of the
Marshall Islands
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Seal of Government of
the Republic of the Marshall Islands
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Hilda Heine

since 28 January 2016
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Inaugural holderAmata Kabua
Formation17 November 1979
DeputyMinister in Assistance to the President of Marshall Islands
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The President of the Marshall Islands is the head of government and head of state of the Marshall Islands. The president is elected by the Nitijeļā (Legislature) from among its members. Presidents pick cabinet members from the Nitijeļā.

Amata Kabua was elected as the first president of the republic in 1979.[1] 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.[2] Casten Nemra, who was elected and took office in January 2016, was replaced by Hilda Heine one week later.


President Took office Left office Political Affiliation Notes
1 Amata Kabua MH.png Amata Kabua
November 17, 1979 December 20, 1996 Independent Died in office
2 Seal of the Marshall Islands.svg Kunio Lemari
December 20, 1996 January 14, 1997 Aelon̄ Kein Ad
United Democratic Party
3 Imata Kabua.png Imata Kabua
January 14, 1997 January 10, 2000 Aelon̄ Kein Ad
United Democratic Party
4 Kessai Note 2005.jpg Kessai Note
January 10, 2000 January 14, 2008 United Democratic Party
5 Litokwa Tomeing with Obamas cropped.jpg Litokwa Tomeing
January 14, 2008 October 21, 2009 United People's Party
6 Seal of the Marshall Islands.svg Ruben Zackhras
October 21, 2009 November 2, 2009 United Democratic Party
7 Jurelang Zedkaia.gif Jurelang Zedkaia
November 2, 2009 January 10, 2012 Independent
8 Christopher Loeak portrait.PNG Christopher Loeak
January 10, 2012 January 11, 2016 Independent
9 Casten Nemra.jpg Casten Nemra
January 11, 2016 January 28, 2016 Independent
10 Hilda Heine 20171030.jpg Hilda C. Heine
January 28, 2016 Incumbent Independent


  1. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (26 December 1996). "Amata Kabua, 68, President Of Marshall Islands, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ Hassall, Graham; Saunders, Cheryl. Asia-Pacific Constitutional Systems. Cambridge University Press. p. 264. ISBN 978-0521033411.

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