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Yearbook 1997

Marshall Islands. At the beginning of the year, Imata Kabua was appointed to succeed the deceased Amata Kabua, the country's first elected president in December 1996. According to Countryaah, Imata Kabua is the cousin of the deceased president and has previously been the leader of the Kwajaleinatoll.

1997 Marshall Islands

In the first years after independence, the Marshall Islands established diplomatic and trade relations with most of its neighbors. In 1988, the country was included in the Southern Pacific Economic and Trade Cooperation Agreement.

On September 17, 1990, at the 46th UN General Assembly, the country was admitted as a member of this organization.

Foreign Minister Tony de Brun formed the Ralik Ratak Democratic Party in June 1991 after distancing himself from President Kabua. At the November elections, Kabua was elected for the 4th consecutive term.

That same year, a Hawaii court ordered the missile tests suspended until studies on the impact of the tests on the environment were conducted. Two years later, local environmental activists turned to an "alternative energy project" that was used to burn used car tires due to the project's pollution of the atmosphere.

The controversy over the use of the islands reappeared in 1995 when the United States government announced its intention to build a nuclear waste repository on the Bikini Atoll, based on an assessment that the 1946-58 test blasts made the islands uninhabitable for the next 10,000 years. The local government regarded this project as the country's economic salvation.

In December 1996, President Amata Kabua died. He was temporarily replaced by Kunio Lemari, the Minister of Transport and Communications. In January 1996, Parliament appointed Imata Kabua as new president. He was the cousin of the deceased.

 

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