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Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands political reviews micron e s i a 211 1998, joined forces with opposition leaders to run on a platform of anti- c o rruption, transpare n c y, and account- a b i l i t y. In nearly every way this election broke new ground. Unlike elections o f the past, votes were tallied in public and at record speed, and the n a t i o n ’s radio station broadcast re s u l t s throughout the night. Individuals used the Internet to spread the news instantly across the ocean, on a near hourly basis. Winning a majority of seats, even those of four of six long- term cabinet ministers, the United Democratic Party gained control of the Nitijela (parliament). Most surprising were the defeats of Ministers Tony deBrum (Finance), and Phillip Muller (Foreign Affairs and Trade), both four-term officials who in previous elections garnered top numbers of Majuro votes. As the dominant leaders of the nation, par- ticularly since Amata Kabua’s death in 1996, their defeat points to the extreme dissatisfaction of Majuro vot- ers, who elected opposition leaders in record numbers, most notably Wilfred Kendall and Witten Philippo. In other seats, even first-time http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2001 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

political reviews micron e s i a 211 1998, joined forces with opposition leaders to run on a platform of anti- c o rruption, transpare n c y, and account- a b i l i t y. In nearly every way this election broke new ground. Unlike elections o f the past, votes were tallied in public and at record speed, and the n a t i o n ’s radio station broadcast re s u l t s throughout the night. Individuals used the Internet to spread the news instantly across the ocean, on a near hourly basis. Winning a majority of seats, even those of four of six long- term cabinet ministers, the United Democratic Party gained control of the Nitijela (parliament). Most surprising were the defeats of Ministers Tony deBrum (Finance), and Phillip Muller (Foreign Affairs and Trade), both four-term officials who in previous elections garnered top numbers of Majuro votes. As the dominant leaders of the nation, par- ticularly since Amata Kabua’s death in 1996, their defeat points to the extreme dissatisfaction of Majuro vot- ers, who elected opposition leaders in record numbers, most notably Wilfred Kendall and Witten Philippo. In other seats, even first-time

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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