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Republic of the Marshall Islands
Note: Elections to the House of Representatives were scheduled for November 21, 2011, to be followed by new presidential balloting within the House.
Political Status: Sovereign state in free association with the United States (which retains authority with regard to defense) since October 21, 1986.
Area: 70 sq. mi. (181 sq. km.).
Population: 68,480 (2012E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Center (2005E): DALAP—ULIGA—DARRIT (Majuro Atoll; 26,000).
Official Languages: English, Marshallese.
Monetary Unit: U.S. Dollar (see the entry on United States [and Related Territories] for principal exchange rates).
President: (See headnote.) Jurelang ZEDKAIA; elected by the House of Representatives on October 26, 2009, and inaugurated on November 2 to succeed Ruben ZACKHRAS (Our Islands), who had been named acting president following the defeat of Litokwa TOMEING (Our Islands) in a nonconfidence ...