Republic of the Marshall Islands
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: 50,848 (1999C); 65,000 (2006E).
Major Urban Center (2005E): DALAP-ULIGA-DARRIT (Majuro Atoll; 26,000).
Official Languages: English, Marshallese.
Monetary Unit: U.S. Dollar (see U.S. article for principal exchange rates).
President: Kessai H. NOTE (United Democratic Party); elected by the House of Representatives on January 3, 2000, to succeed Imata KABUA (Presidential Caucus); reelected on January 4, 2004, and inaugurated for a second four-year term on January 12.[Page 840]
The Marshalls consist of a double chain of coral atolls, encompassing 33 islands and more than 850 reefs, within the Pacific region known as Micronesia, some 2,000 miles southwest of Hawaii. ...