‘Solid Six’ aim to drive new government

Senators-elect who are part of the Solid Six bloc say voters delivered a clear message for change with their votes in the November 16 national election. Pictured, the Utrik absentee polling station in Uliga, Majuro on voting day. Photo: Hilary Hosia.
Senators-elect who are part of the Solid Six bloc say voters delivered a clear message for change with their votes in the November 16 national election. Pictured, the Utrik absentee polling station in Uliga, Majuro on voting day. Photo: Hilary Hosia.

GIFF JOHNSON

One fact apparent from the impending shakeup in Nitijela membership — as 14 seats out of 33 will change hands on January 4 — is that with so many new senators, neither the current government nor the opposition KEA group will control a majority of 17 needed to elect a president and form a government.

The president elected on January 4 will need the backing of a diverse range of senators given the lack of a “majority party.”

But Marshall Islands voters have produced a new and significant twist to the RMI’s political equation that will likely determine who becomes president.

The formation of an independent bloc of mostly younger, independent first-time senators are positioning themselves to be king makers. Calling themselves the “Solid Six,” this group stands out for another reason: They want change.

The Solid Six say reform is the centerpiece of their agenda and this will drive their choice for political alliance to establish a new government.

And, asserts Solid Six Senator-elect Alfred Alfred, Jr. of Ailinglaplap, this group of upstart Nitijela members-in-waiting may well be nine or 10 in the coming weeks as they reach out to other senators-elect.

The group that consists of Alfred and Senators-elect David Paul (Kwajalein), Sherwood Tibon (Majuro), Jejwarick Anton (Arno), Bruce Bilimon (Maloelap) and Casten Nemra (Jaluit) came up with the name Solid Six to show their unity as a force for change in the Nitijela, said Alfred.

“The result of the vote needs to be taken into account in forming a new government,” said Alfred. “If we don’t listen to the voters’ message, we will be doing a big disfavor (to the country).”

Read more about this in the December 11, 2015 edition of the Marshall Islands Journal.

One Response to "‘Solid Six’ aim to drive new government"

  1. LaGerry McAvoy  December 11, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Aolepen Nitijele ran naj kawonmanlok mour ilo ailin ko. Rej aikuij in komman “democracy” non armij in jiddik kumeang einwot armij in lablok kumeang ne rej komman akjet.

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