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Marshall Islands FM sacked
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10:08, February 27, 2009

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Marshall Islands Foreign Minister Tony deBrum was sacked from the island nation's cabinet, three weeks after he publicly criticized the administration of President Litokwa Tomeing, Micronesia's Marianas Variety daily reported on Friday.

In parliament, deBrum criticized the president for not working closely with landowners who are seeking higher rent payments from the U.S. Army that operates the Reagan Test Site missile base at Kwajalein Atoll.

DeBrum and Tomeing have recently split over policy toward the United States, which provides nearly two-thirds of this western Pacific country's national budget of 120 million U.S. dollars, the daily said.

DeBrum confirmed he received a resignation request letter earlier this week from the president, but did not respond.

He added that his tenure in the cabinet was being worked on within the party and he hoped it would be solved amicably.

But on Wednesday, the president signed a letter revoking deBrum' s appointment as minister of foreign affairs, according to aides.

Tomeing was elected in January last year, heading the first coalition government in the 30-year history of constitutional government.


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