Micronesia Federation. On March 8, elections were held for the 14 seats of the Federal Congress. For the first time in the country’s history, there were women, even two, among the 34 candidates. As there are no parties in the traditional sense of the Micronesian federation, all the candidates were independent. The turnout was reported to be low. According to Countryaah official site, most senators – as congressmen are called – were allowed to retain their seats, including President Manny Mori.
On May 11, the new congress convened and re-elected Isaac Figir as President, Manny Mori as the country’s president and Alik Alik as vice president. At the same time as the congressional elections, a referendum was held on two draft constitutional amendments approved by Congress in 2008. One proposal was to extend the term of office to four years for all senators – today there are only four senators for four years, the rest elected for two years. Proposal number two was to allow dual citizenship for the citizens of the Micronesia Federation. The voters voted against both proposals.