Marshall Islands: Country and Foreign Investment
Republic of the Marshall Islands has a government modeled after that of New Zealand, although the chief minister and head of state bears the title of President.
There is a unicameral Parliament (Nitijela) with 33 seats. Members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms. Elections were last held in January 2012.
There is also a 12-member Council of Chiefs (Iroij) which advises on matters affecting customary law and practice.
The chief of state and head of government is President Christopher Loeak.
The Judicial Branch of the Marshall Islands includes the Supreme Court, High Court, district and community courts, and traditional rights court. Trial is by jury or judge.