The fourth President of FSM Jacob Nena passed away this week in Sacramento, California, according to a press release from the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia.
The late FSM President Jacob Nene became the fourth President of FSM on May 8, 1997. Before that, he had served as Senator in the 5th and 6th Congress of FSM.
He became the fourth Vice President of FSM from 1991 to 1996 and served as Acting President from 1996 to 1997.
Before this, he served as Deputy District Administrator for Kosrae from 1970 to 1977 and became the first elected Governor of Kosrae in 1979. He also became a Micronesian Political Status and Transition Commission member from 1979 to 1981.
Hailing from Kosrae, President Nena held a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the College of Guam and minors in English and Economics. In 1972 he graduated with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Public Administration and Business Management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
“The FSM National Government recognizes that President Nena dedicated his life to the service of this Nation with unquestionable leadership and Integrity. President Nene was committed to a free and sovereign Micronesia and dedicated the whole of his life to building the Nation’s Prosperity,” states the press release issued in Memoriam of the Jacob Nena.
President David W. Panuelo of the Federated States of Micronesia issued a Presidential Proclamation in honor of the late Former President Jacob Nena. The FSM flag will fly half-mast for three consecutive days following the issuance of the proclamation in honor of the late President Nena.