Palau: Government

Republic of Palau Flag
Coat of Arms of Republic of Palau

Key Figures

Chief of State: President Tommy Remengesau

Head of Government: President Tommy Remengesau

Overview

Government Name: Republic of Palau

Constitution: Adopted: 1979; Outlines territory, sovereignty and supremacy, citizenship, fundamental rights, traditional rights, responsibilities of the national government, suffrage, the branches of government, state governments, and finance.

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

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

President is chief of state and head of government for Palau. Vice president assumes role of president when/if necessary.

Elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system.

4 years

Judicial

Supreme Court is divided into trial and appellate divisions and also handle disciplinary and other special proceedings.

Supreme Court judges nominated by a 7-member independent body consisting of judges, presidential appointees, and lawyers and are then appointed by the president.

Mandatory retirement age of 65

Legislative

National Congress is main legislative body of government while the Senate is the upper house.

Senate members are elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies. House of Delegates members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies.

4 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: Palau is a sovereign nation and conducts its own foreign relations. Since independence, Palau has established diplomatic relations with a number of nations, including many of its Pacific neighbors, and is one of two dozen or so nations that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Palau was admitted to the United Nations on December 15, 1994, and has since joined a number of other international organizations. Palau is a dependable supporter of U.S. positions in the UN.

Regional Trade Blocs: No Regional Trade Blocs.

Treaties: No multilateral military treaties


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ACP ADB AOSIS ESCAP FAO IAEA
IBRD ICAO ICRM IDA IFC IFRCS
ILO IMF IMO IMSO IOC IPU
MIGA OPCW PIF Sparteca SPC UN
UNAMID UNCTAD UNESCO WHO

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Environmental Agreements  Source: CIA World Factbook

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