New President, New Speaker, New National Leadership for the Federated States of Micronesia

Palikir, Pohnpei. May 11, 2015. The Nineteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) this morning, in the opening day of its First Regular Session at the Nation’s capital in Palikir, Pohnpei, elected Senator Peter M. Christian as the new President of the Federated States of Micronesia, and Senator Yosiwo P. George as the new Vice President of the Nation. President Christian and Vice President George will succeed exiting President Emanuel Mori and Vice President Alik L. Alik.

President Christian Vice President George


The new Congressional body also organized the national legislative leadership by electing Senator Wesley W. Simina as the new Speaker of the Nineteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia, Senator Berney Martin as the new Vice Speaker, and Senator Florencio Singkoro Harper as the new Floor leader.

Speaker Simina

The Chairpersons of the seven FSM Congressional Standing Committees were also appointed this morning:

  1. Senator Joseph J. Urusemal as Chairman for the Committee on Education (E);
  2. Senator Paliknoa K. Welly as Chairman for the Committee on External Affairs;
  3. Senator Bonsiano Fasy Nethon as Chairman for the Committee on Health and Social Affairs;
  4. Senator Tiwiter Aritos as Chairman for the Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations;
  5. Senator David W. Panuelo as Chairman for the Committee on Resources and Development;
  6. Senator Victor Vicky Gouland as Chairman for the Committee on Transportation and Communications; and
  7. Senator Isaac V. Figir as Chairman for the Committee on Ways and Means;

Sen. Urusemal Sen. Otto Sen. Christian Vice Speaker Martin Speaker Simina W Members 19thCFSM

FSM Supreme Court’s Associate Justice Beauleen Carl-Worswick administered the Oath of Office to the new President and Vice President, and all the Members of the Nineteenth FSM Congress, including the two freshmen senators, Senator Robson Romolou and Senator Ferny Perman.

The opening day of the Nineteenth FSM Congress’ First Regular Session was witnessed the by the packed Congressional chamber with notable presence of the Traditional leaders, State and National leaders, the Diplomatic Corp, and family and friends of the newly elected national leaders.

The Nineteenth FSM Congress will continue with its 20 days First Regular Session unless shortened or extended by Congressional Resolution. For more information on the Nineteenth FSM Congress, please visit or contact the Congress Public Information Office.



7 thoughts on “New President, New Speaker, New National Leadership for the Federated States of Micronesia

  1. Would have liked to see not only the names but also where (which state of the FSM) each member of the National Leadership team comes from.


  2. Congratulations to the new President , Vice President, Speaker, Vice Speaker, Floor Leaders and all the committees Chairperson. On your selections.

    God Bless!


  3. My dear brothers and sisters no matter how long you’ve been away from home, home is where your mind and your soul belongs, their is something we must keep in the back of our minds, for many generations has passed away from our very home, many good things have been faded away, our language, the way we raise our children, the way we eat, but most of all we are forgetting our culture and now to all our leaders of the FSM, the money that we needed to make our little island bigger and better home for many generations to come is our own natural resources , theirs ever bigger ways too, like the Japanese shipwrecks that we stored in our seawater that ruined most of resources from the water, so I Pete Rapa acknowledge you my fellow citizens to start digging into our very own natural resources”””””” Thank God bless us all.


    • I do really bow to your personal view, which need to get across the globe to get assistance from our own scattered loved ones. Sad to say, but some of us have been witnessing the fading away of our language in our present generation.


  4. If their intentions of our sovereign nation is to surpass the initial upset, mitigate the severity of our respective islands, then proceed onwards to redeem what we lost. Let not money corrupt their mind, nor defy the disparities we face, by reply of successfully producing positive achievements. I hereby acknowledge their good nature to change what others deem irreversible, positively seeking the right course of action, for the sole purpose that we dissuade the severity upon our homeland.


  5. indeed god bless u all on ur newly leadership of our small nation for the people. thanks and cheers. not only what state each senator represent, but also their educational backround should be added.


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