Bruce Bilimon

Heine survives confidence vote

Heine survives confidence vote

KELLY LORENNIJ While Nitijela (Parliament) was split in half during Monday morning’s vote of no confidence, both sides reiterated one common concept: “Kien eo en jerbal ippen armij ro, kon armij ro, im nan armij ro ilo jokkwin wot juon.”* President Hilda Heine’s opening remarks were met with applause from the packed audience, resonating most […]

SOV, RASAR dominate Nitijela

SOV, RASAR dominate Nitijela

HILARY HOSIA Arguments over a reported bribe attempt, the RMI’s “SOV” plan, and the proposed Rongelap investment zone dominated Nitijela’s first session day Monday after a three-week break for committee hearings. You could describe Monday’s session as a rugby scrum, with battling parties locked head to head and kicking the ball back and forth.

Friendly Nitijela hearing on KBE

Friendly Nitijela hearing on KBE

Despite expectation that the Kili-Bikini-Ejit session with the Nitijela Public Accounts Committee would offer some drama — fueled by repeated rescheduling from Public Accounts to allow KBE more time to go through its audit reports — the dialogue went smoothly compared to a majority of the PAC hearings. The hearing, in short, can be described […]

Senators grill RMI workers

Senators grill RMI workers

HILARY HOSIA The Marshall Islands Judiciary System and Marshall Islands Resort sit at the top of the audit pyramid for their exemplary unqualified audit reports a week into the Public Accounts Committee’s annual oversight hearings at the Nitijela Conference Room. Following testimony from judiciary staff members, PAC Chairman Senator Bruce Bilimon of Maloelap was effusive […]

Postal vote revival?

Postal vote revival?

HILARY HOSIA Six senators are backing a move to resurrect postal ballots through Nitijela Bill 91, which was scrutinized during a public hearing broadcast live on national radio V7AB Tuesday from the Nitijela Conference Room. Last year, Nitijela voted to eliminate postal ballots. The termination of postal ballots has caused a ruckus among Marshallese living […]

MISSA changes to be delayed

MISSA changes to be delayed

Legislation to delay implementation of the new MISSA law was introduced on the first day of the Nitijela session last week. Bill 54 was introduced by Health Minister Kalani Kaneko and supported by Finance Minister Brenson Wase, and Senators David Paul (Kwajalein), Dennis Momotaro (Mejit), and Bruce Bilimon (Maloelap). The bill is brief and to […]

Bruce honors late Jurelang

Bruce honors late Jurelang

HILARY HOSIA Republic of China Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Bruce Linghu paid his respects to the family of late Senator/Iriojlaplap Jurelang Zedkaia in Ajeltake following his attendance Monday at President Casten Nemra’s inauguration. Linghu was Taiwan’s ambassador to the RMI from 2007 to 2010, a period that included the beginning of former President Zedkaia’s […]

‘Solid Six’ aim to drive new government

‘Solid Six’ aim to drive new government

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 […]

Younger candidates take vote lead

Younger candidates take vote lead

Voters want change and new directions for the RMI, two winning candidates told the Journal this week. “The people have spoken and they want change,” said incumbent Majuro Senator David Kramer, who is being returned to office with 2,477 domestic votes in the Majuro electorate. “They want a new government and that is evidenced by […]