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Palau

Palau Government Stats

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Tommy Remengesau was elected president for the third time in November 2012, having previously served two terms from 2001-9.

He campaigned on a platform of encouraging foreign investment and improving services for ordinary Palauans. During his previous time in office, he worked to raise awareness of the threat posed to the Pacific by global warming.

In March 2013, the president proposed banning all commercial fishing in Palau's territorial waters to create one of the world's largest marine reserves - the size of France.

Remengesau said that as fishing in the area was dominated by vessels Japan and Taiwan, Palau was being "short-changed".

His predecessor, Johnson Toribiong, beat Mr Remengesau's Vice-President, Elias Camsek Chin at the previous election in 2009. Mr Remengesau did not stand in 2009, as he served his maximum two consecutive terms.

Like Mr Remengesau, President Toribiong sought to end Palau's dependence on US aid and diversify its economy beyond tourism. But the later years of time in office were overshadowed by corruption allegations.

Definitions

  • Administrative divisions: This entry generally gives the numbers, designatory terms, and first-order administrative divisions as approved by the US Board on Geographic Names (BGN). Changes that have been reported but not yet acted on by BGN are noted.
  • Capital city > Geographic coordinates: This entry gives the name of the seat of government, its geographic coordinates, the time difference relative to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and the time observed in Washington, DC, and, if applicable, information on daylight saving time (DST). Where appropriate, a special note has been added to highlight those countries that have multiple time zones.
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  • Judicial branch: The name(s) of the highest court(s) and a brief description of the selection process for members.
  • Legal system: A brief description of the legal system's historical roots, role in government, and acceptance of International Court of Justice (ICJ) jurisdiction.
  • Legislative branch: This entry contains information on the structure (unicameral, bicameral, tricameral), formal name, number of seats, and term of office. Elections includes the nature of election process or accession to power, date of the last election, and date of the next election. Election results includes the percent of vote and/or number of seats held by each party in the last election.
  • Political parties and leaders: Significant political organizations and their leaders.
  • Political pressure groups and leaders: Organizations with leaders involved in politics, but not standing for legislative election.
  • Suffrage: The age at enfranchisement and whether the right to vote is universal or restricted
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Administrative divisions 16 states; Aimeliik, Airai, Angaur, Hatohobei, Kayangel, Koror, Melekeok, Ngaraard, Ngarchelong, Ngardmau, Ngatpang, Ngchesar, Ngeremlengui, Ngiwal, Peleliu, Sonsorol 2013
Capital city > Geographic coordinates 7 29 N, 134 38 E 2008
Capital city > Name Melekeok 2011
Constitution 1 January 1981 2012
Diplomatic representation from the US > Mailing address P. O. Box 6028, Koror, Republic of Palau 96940 2013
Executive branch > Cabinet NA 2011
Executive branch > Head of government President Tommy REMENGESAU (since 17 January 2013); Vice President Antonio BELLS (since 17 January 2013) 2013
Government type constitutional government in free association with the US; the Compact of Free Association entered into force on 1 October 1994 2013
International organization participation ACP, ADB, AOSIS, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, IOC, IPU, MIGA, OPCW, PIF, Sparteca, SPC, UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, WHO 2013
Judicial branch Supreme Court; Court of Common Pleas; Land Court 2012
Legal system mixed legal system of civil, common, and customary law 2013
Legislative branch bicameral National Congress or Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) consists of the Senate 2011
Political parties and leaders none 2013
Political pressure groups and leaders NA 2011
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011

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"Palau Government Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Palau/Government

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