Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

President Mori nominates Cabinet members and Ambassadors for his second term

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): July 17, 2011 - On July 13, 2011, President Manny Mori, pursuant to section 2(d), article X of the FSM Constitution and Title 2, Chapter 2 section 207 of the FSM Code, submitted twenty one (21) nominations to the Seventeenth FSM Congress for "advice and consent".

In his letter to Speaker Isaac V. Figir, the President stated that the selection of nominees "could have been more difficult had it not been for the overriding national interest to maintain status quo". Submitted nominations are as follows:

 

Office

Nominee

1

Secretary of Education

Dr. Rufino Mauricio

2

Secretary of Finance and Administration

Mr. Tiser Reynold

3

Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Lorin S. Robert

4

Secretary of Health and Social Affairs

Dr. Vita A. Skilling

5

Secretary of Justice

Mr. Maketo Robert

6

Secretary of Resources and Development

Mr. Marion Henry

7

Secretary of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure

Mr. Francis I. Itimai

8

Director of Environment and Emergency Management

Mr. Andrew Yatilman

9

Chief of Public Defender

Mr. Julius Joey Sapelalut

10

Director of SBOC

Ms. Evelyn Adolph

11

FSM Ambassador to China

Mr. Akillino Susaia

12

FSM Ambassador to Fiji

Mr. Gerson Jackson

13

FSM Ambassador to Japan

Mr. John Fritz

14

FSM Ambassador to the United States of America

Mr. Asterio R. Takesy

15

FSM Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Mrs. Jane J. Chigiyal

16

FSM Consul General in Guam

Mr. Robert Ruecho

17

FSM Consul General in Honolulu

Mr. Ismael Dobich

18

Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Samson Pretrick

19

Postmaster General

Mrs. Ginger Porter Mida

20

Public Auditor

Mr. Haser Hainrick

21

FSM National Election Director

Mr. Albert T. Welly

The President pointed out that some of his department and office heads have been shifted from current posts to different offices due to several considerations ranging from educational background to work experience and loyalty.

Concerning other officials not nominated for the second term, the President expressed regrets in admitting that he had made the decision to forego such nominations based on "consideration of the totality of the circumstances surrounding each case with the best interest of the Nation in mind".

Pursuant to the new Public Law No. 17-02, amending relevant sections of the FSM Code governing Congressional action on Presidential nominations, the 17th FSM Congress will have two consecutive sessions to act on these twenty one nominations.

A twelve-day Special Session of the FSM Congress will commence on July 25 as called by President Mori on June 10 to address the nominations, among other issues.


For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
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Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
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