Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

President Mori transmits three more nominations

Palikir, POHNPEI (FSM Information Service): July 6, 2007 - On July 6 2007, President Manny Mori transmitted three more nominations to the 15th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia.

The President's transmittal letter reiterated his position on the selection process, "the primary consideration in the choices of nominee is based on merits and availability of suitable people." He noted that the residency distribution of the nominees is a secondary consideration.

The nominations are:

  1. 1. Julius Joey Sapelalut as the new Chief of the Office of Public Defender. Sapelalaut is a former staff attorney for the Public Defender's Office and is currently the Chief of Litigation for the Chuuk State Office of the Attorney General.

  2. 2. Robert W. Spegal as Secretary for the proposed Department of Health and Social Affairs. Spegal is currently the program manager for the Pohnpei Competitors Association and was a former Director of Pohnpei State Department Health Services. He was also the former Administrative Office for the University of Hawaii School of Medicine Pacific Basin Medical Officers Training Program in Pohnpei.

  3. 3. Roger S. Mori as Secretary for the proposed Department of Resources and Development. Mori is the current Assistant Secretary for the FSM Department of Economic Affairs and was a former President of the Chuuk State Senate.

According to the President's transmittal letter, the nominations for the remaining department and offices would soon be transmitted.

The remaining nominations would be for the proposed Department of Education, Post Master General and the proposed Office of National Archives, Culture and Historical Preservation, along with the heads of FSM's overseas missions.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
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P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
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