Seventeenth Congress maintains national leadership
Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Congress): May 11, 2011 - Congress elected to continue the composition of the National Leadership with President Mori and Vice President Alik L. Alik as Heads of the Executive Branch and Speaker Figir Heading the Legislative Branch with new presiding officers and some changes to the Heads of the Congressional Standing Committees.
The Presiding Officers of the new Seventeenth FSM Congress are:
Speaker: Senator Isaac V. Figir
Vice Speaker: Senator Berney Martin
Floor Leader: Senator Florencio Singkoro Harper
The seven Congressional Standing Committees are headed by:
FSM Chief Justice Martin G. Yinug administered the Oath of Office of the Senator to members of the Seventeenth Congress. Following the election of the President and Vice President, Chief Justice Yinug also administered the Oath of Office to the Heads of the Executive Branch witnessed by Congress Chamber packed-full of citizens and visitors alike.
The Opening Day was crowded as usual with leadership from both the national government and the state governments along traditional leadership and members of the Diplomatic Community. Notable among the seated leadership was the presence of all four State Governors and their state delegations. Also lending their presence to the Opening Day's proceedings was the First Speaker of the FSM Congress, Bethwel Henry and former Presidents John Haglelgam and Leo A. Falcam.
Those who were not in the Congress Chamber this morning were able to tune in to the local radio stations for the day's proceedings via a live-broadcast through the FSM Telecommunications Corporation.
According to Congress Rules of Procedures, Regular Sessions of the FSM Congress are for 20-days, unless shortened or extended by Congressional Resolution. The First Regular Session of the Seventeenth Congress is therefore expected to adjourn on May 30, 2011.
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