Thursday, April 10, 2014

FSM Congress shows appreciation to First Speaker and approves two nominations

FSMIS (April 10, 2014): During the recently concluded Third Special Session, the fourteen Members of the Eighteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia unanimously authored and approved a resolution, expressing appreciation to Mr. Bethwel Henry, the first elected Speaker of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia, for his "dedication and public service to his country".

The document refers to Mr. Henry as one "of the remaining 'Founding Fathers' of the Federated States of Micronesia, the group of Statesmen who forever changed the political landscape of Micronesia by establishing the foothold for the nations in the Micronesian archipelago to progress towards self-governance and sovereignty".

Two nomination resolutions also met congressional approval; a nomination for Mr. Kalwin Kephas to represent the State of Kosrae on the FSM Social Security Administration Board of Directors and for Mr. W-One Williander of Toleisom Island in Chuuk to be the FSM Election Commissioner in Chuuk State.

Mr. Kephas' resolution (C.R. 18-119) was introduced on January 22 and adopted on April 1.

The confirmation resolution for Mr. Williander (C.R. 18-130)  was introduced on January 31, during the Third Regular Session. Congress initially disapproved the nomination toward the end of the recently concluded 10-day special session, but subsequently reconsidered and confirmed it on March 31, two days before adjourning.

For further information, contact the FSM Information Office at 320-2548 or email

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