The lawmakers in the Marshall Islands on Monday elected Litokwa Tomeing as the Pacific nation's new president, the Pacnews reported.
Members in the Marshall Islands Nitijela (or parliament) elected Tomeing as president by 18 votes to 15, over United Democratic Party's candidate and former President Kessai Note, who had served for two terms, said chief electoral officer Carl Alik, the Suva-based regional news agency reported.
Tomeing is the former speaker of the parliament who defected from the United Democratic Party (UDP) before the election to the United People's Party (UPP).
Monday's vote was the first time that the parliament met since the Nov. 19 national election in 2007.
About 62,000 people live in the Marshall Islands, a country that became independent in 1986 after being administered by the United States.