Nauru: Government

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Coat of Arms of Republic of Nauru

Key Figures

Chief of State: President Baron Waqa

Head of Government: President Baron Waqa

Overview

Government Name: Republic of Nauru

Constitution: Adopted: 1968; Enacted following the national independence of Nauru. The constitution outlines the structure of government, the public service, citizenship, emergency powers, and defines itself as the supreme law of Nauru.

Government Type: Republic

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

Serves as both the head of state and head of government for the country.

Elected by parliament.

3 years

Judicial

Supreme court is paramount on constitutional issues (but not highest court of appeal in most cases). Appellate Court rulings can be appealed to the High Court of Australia.

Judges are appointed by the President.

Retirement minimum at age 65

Legislative

Serves as the legislative body for Nauru.

19 members are elected through a Borda Count system.

3 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: Following independence in 1968, Nauru joined the Commonwealth as a Special Member. Special Members take part in all Commonwealth activities except heads of government meetings. They are not assessed but make voluntary contributions toward the running of the Secretariat. They are eligible for all forms of technical assistance. Nauru was admitted to the United Nations in 1999. It is a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, the South Pacific Regional Environmental Program, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

Regional Trade Blocs: No Regional Trade Blocs.

Treaties: No multilateral military treaties


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ACP ADB AOSIS C ESCAP FAO
G-77 ICAO Interpol IOC IOM ITU
OPCW PIF Sparteca SPC UN UNCTAD
UNESCO UPU WHO

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Environmental Agreements  Source: CIA World Factbook

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

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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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