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Opposition possible to win Marshall Islands election
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16:32, November 28, 2007

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While the final results are still a week away, the Marshall Islands appears certain to have a change of Government in the wake of last week's elections.

According to Radio New Zealand's report on Wednesday, the administration of Kessai Note, who has been the President for three terms, and his United Democratic Party, will not have a majority and could be shut out of government altogether.

Officials are still counting absentee votes from within the country, while overseas postal votes will not be counted until next week.

The opposition Aelon Kein Ad party already obtained 15 of the 17 seats it needs for a majority.

Aelon Kein Ad party spokesman Tony de Brum said the party is possible to win an expected 20 to 22 seats in the 33-member legislature and formed a new government.

With a population of nearly 61,000, the Marshall Islands consist of two chains of coral atolls, together with more than 1,000 islets, just north of the Equator.

The islands were occupied by the United States for several decades after the World War II. They are now a sovereign nation under a Compact of Free Association with the U.S.


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