Federated States of Micronesia: Government

Micronesia, Federated States of Flag
Coat of Arms of Micronesia, Federated States of

Key Figures

Chief of State: President Peter Christian

Head of Government: President Peter Christian

Overview

Government Name: Micronesia, Federated States of

Constitution: Adopted: 1978; Contains information regarding basic concepts such as the territory of Micronesia, supremacy, citizenship, declaration of rights, traditional rights, and suffrage. The constitution then goes on to discuss the levels and powers of government in terms of its legislative, executive, and judicial branches.

Government Type: Constitutional Government in Free Association with the United States

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle Source: ElectionGuide, http://www.electionguide.org/
Executive

The president serves as chief of state and head of government.

Elected by parliament.

4 years

Judicial

Highest court of jurisdiction.

Judges are appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the congress.

Life appointment

Legislative

Responsible for providing for the national defense; ratifying treaties; regulating immigration, emigration, naturalization, and citizenship; and imposing taxes, duties, and tariffs based on imports.

4 members are elected by proportional representation and 10 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies.

Ten members serve 2 years and four members serve 4 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: The government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) conducts its own foreign relations. Since independence, the FSM has established diplomatic relations with a number of nations, including most of its Pacific neighbors, Japan, Australia, and the People's Republic of China. Regional cooperation through various multilateral organizations is a key element of its foreign policy. The FSM became a member of the United Nations in 1991.

Regional Trade Blocs: No Regional Trade Blocs.

Treaties: No multilateral military treaties


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ACP ADB AOSIS ESCAP FAO G-77
IBRD ICAO ICRM IDA IFC IFRCS
IMF IOC IOM IPU ITSO ITU
MIGA OPCW PIF Sparteca SPC UN
UNCTAD UNESCO WHO WMO

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Environmental Agreements  Source: CIA World Factbook

Biodiversity Climate Change Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol Desertification Hazardous Wastes Law of the Sea
Ozone Layer Protection

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Tax Authority: Information not available

Tax Name: Information not available


Sources:

CIA World Factbook and U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets except where stated otherwise.

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