David Kabua

David Kabua
9th President of the Marshall Islands
Assumed office
13 January 2020
Preceded by Hilda Heine
Personal details
Born 1951 (age 68–69)
Political party Independent

David Kabua (born 1951)[1] is a Marshallese politician and government minister, currently serving as the ninth President of the Marshall Islands. He is the son of the first president, Amata Kabua, and his wife Emlain Kabua. In 2012 and 2013 he was Minister of Health,[2][3] and in 2014 he was made Minister of Internal Affairs in a cabinet reshuffle.[4]

On 6 January 2020 Kabua was elected president of the Marshall Islands by the national legislature by a vote of 20–12 with one abstention. He succeeds Hilda Heine, who was seeking a second term, but lost in the first session vote.[5] Kabua said that combating climate change, negotiating with the US regarding the extension of a funding arrangement that expires in 2023, and addressing the issue of Runit Dome as the top priorities of his presidency.[6] His office began on 13 January 2020.


  1. ^ Profile of David Kabua
  2. ^ "Presidential Cabinet". Rmiembassyus.org. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ Inc., IBP (4 April 2013). Marshall Islands Land Ownership and Agricultural Laws Handbook - Strategic Information and Basic Laws. Lulu.com. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-4387-5952-4.
  4. ^ "Marshall Islands - Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak has defeated a second vote of no confidence last Tuesday, by a vote of 17-13". Tfbmicronesia.com. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  5. ^ "New president for Marshall Islands". Radio New Zealand. 6 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Marshalls' president-elect anticipating challenging term". Radio New Zealand. 6 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
Political offices
Preceded by
Hilda Heine
President of the Marshall Islands