- Marshall Islands presidential election, 2009
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An indirect presidential election was held in the Marshall Islands on 26 October 2009 following the ousting of incumbent President Litokwa Tomeing in the nation's first successful vote of no confidence on 21 October 2009. Tomeing had been temporarily replaced by Ruben Zackhras as acting president.
Only two candidates were nominated for President, who is elected by the 33-member Nitijela. The candidates were Speaker Jurelang Zedkaia and former President Kessai Note, who had led the no confidence measure against Tomeing. Tomeing and Kessai had engaged in a power struggle since Kessai had lost his re-election bid in the 2007 election. Under the terms of the Marshallese constitution, the Nitijela had fourteen days to elect a new president.
Senators did not vote along party lines during the election, with several crossing the aisle to vote for the presidential candidates in opposing parties. Nitijela Senator Brenson Wase was quoted as describing the shifting political affiliations of the electors as being as mixed up "as a fruit salad."
President Zedkaia was sworn into office on November 2, 2009.
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- ^ Rowa, Aenet (2009-10-25). "Republic of the Marshall Islands has New President". Yokwe Online. http://www.yokwe.net/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2496. Retrieved 2009-10-27.
- ^ "The Marshall Islands parliament has elected the Speaker, Jurelang Zedkaia, as its fifth President". RNZI (Islands Business). 2009-10-26. http://www.islandsbusiness.com/news/index_dynamic/containerNameToReplace=MiddleMiddle/focusModuleID=130/focusContentID=17163/tableName=mediaRelease/overideSkinName=newsArticle-full.tpl. Retrieved 2009-10-27.
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