Marshall Islands profile
President: Christopher Loeak
Veteran politician Christopher Loeak was elected as president by parliament in January 2012.
Mr Loeak, a cabinet minister in previous governments and a member of parliament for 25 years, was elected by 21-11 in the MPs' vote which followed confirmation of results in the general election at the end of 2011.
He became a senator in 1985 and has served in different capacities including as minister of justice, minister of social services, minister of education, and as minister in assistance to the president under former President Litokwa Tomeing.
Mr Loeak is the Marshall Islands' sixth president. He suceeded Jurelang Zedkaia.