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President of the
Federated States of Micronesia
Seal of the Federated States of Micronesia.svg
Seal of Government of
the Federated States of Micronesia
Secretary Pompeo Hosts a Working Luncheon (40934703623) (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
David Panuelo

since 11 May 2019
Style Mister President (informal)
His Excellency (formal)
Seat Palikir, Pohnpei
Nominator FSM Congress
Term length Four years, maximum 2 terms
Constituting instrument FSM Constitution
Inaugural holder Tosiwo Nakayama
Formation 11 May 1979
Deputy FSM Vice President
Salary 80,000 USD annually
Website https://pio.gov.fm/


The president of the Federated States of Micronesia is the head of state and government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The FSM president, by virtue of his or her office, is the head of the FSM Cabinet and is in charge of the administration and operations of the National Government. The president is assisted by the vice-president, both of whom are elected by the FSM Congress from among the at-large members to serve for four-year terms. The current and ninth president of the FSM is David Panuelo, who replaced Peter Christian on 11 May 2019.

Qualifications

According to Article 10 of the FSM Constitution, people who fulfil the following requirements are eligible to serve as president.

  • Must be a Senator at-Large in the FSM Congress serving for four-year terms.
  • Must be a citizen of the FSM by birth.
  • Must be a resident of the FSM for at least 15 years.

To become a member of the FSM Congress, either one elected on the basis of state equality (senator at-large) or one elected based on population, an individual must fulfil these following requirements according to Article 9 of the Constitution.

  • Must be at least 30 years of age upon the day of election.
  • Must be a resident of the state from which he or she is elected for at least 5 years.
  • Must be a citizen of the FSM for at least 15 years.
  • Must not be convicted of felony.

Roles

Constitutional roles

  • To execute and implement the provisions of the FSM National Constitution and national laws.
  • To receive foreign ambassadors and to conduct foreign affairs and national defense.
  • To grant pardons and reprieves.
  • To appoint ambassadors.
  • To appoint justices for the FSM Supreme Court and other courts prescribed by statute.
  • To appoint heads of the executive departments (FSM Cabinet).

Insignia

Office

The Office of the President of the Federated States of Micronesia is located in the national capital of Palikir in Pohnpei State.

List of presidents

The history of the office holders is as follows:

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Тосиво Накаяма.jpg Tosiwo Nakayama
(1931–2007)
11 May 1979 11 May 1987 8 years Independent
2 Джон Хэглелгэм.jpg John Haglelgam
(born 1949)
11 May 1987 11 May 1991 4 years Independent
3 Бейли Олтер.jpg Bailey Olter
(1932–1999)
11 May 1991 8 November 1996 5 years, 181 days Independent
4 Джейкоб Нена.jpg Jacob Nena
(1941–2022)
8 November 1996
Acting until 8 May 1997
11 May 1999 2 years, 184 days Independent
5 Лео Фолкэм.jpg Leo Falcam
(1935–2018)
11 May 1999 11 May 2003 4 years Independent
6 Joseph Urusemal.jpg Joseph Urusemal
(born 1952)
11 May 2003 11 May 2007 4 years Independent
7 Имануэл Мори.jpg Manny Mori
(born 1949)
11 May 2007 11 May 2015 8 years Independent
8 Питер Кристиан.jpg Peter Christian
(born 1947)
11 May 2015 11 May 2019 4 years Independent
9 Secretary Pompeo Hosts a Working Luncheon (40934703623) (cropped).jpg David Panuelo
(born 1964)
11 May 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 261 days Independent

See also

  • Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia
  • High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
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