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Palau


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Republic of Palau

        conventional short form:
        Palau

        former:
        Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

    • Digraph:
      PS

    • Type:
      self-governing territory in free association with the US pursuant to Compact of Free Association which entered into force 1 October 1994; Palau is fully responsible for internal affairs; US retains responsibility for external affairs

    • Capital:
      Koror

        note:
        a new capital is being built about 20 km northeast in eastern Babelthuap

    • Administrative divisions:
      there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 16 states: Aimeliik, Airai, Angaur, Kayangel, Koror, Melekeok, Ngaraard, Ngardmau, Ngaremlengui, Ngatpang, Ngchesar, Ngerchelong, Ngiwal, Peleliu, Sonsorol, Tobi

    • Independence:
      1 October 1994 (from the US-administered UN Trusteeship)

    • National holiday:
      Constitution Day, 9 July (1979)

    • Constitution:
      1 January 1981

    • Legal system:
      based on Trust Territory laws, acts of the legislature, municipal, common, and customary laws

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state and head of government:
        President Kuniwo NAKAMURA (since 1 January 1993), Vice-President Tommy E. REMENGESAU Jr. (since 1 January 1993); election last held 4 November 1992 (next to be held NA November 1996); results - Kuniwo NAKAMURA 50.7%, Johnson TORIBIONG 49.3%

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral Parliament (Olbiil Era Kelulau or OEK)

        Senate:
        elections last held 4 November 1992 (next to be held NA November 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (14 total) number of seats by party NA

        House of Delegates:
        elections last held 4 November 1992 (next to be held NA November 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (16 total) number of seats by party NA

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court, National Court, Court of Common Pleas

    • Member of:
      ESCAP (associate), SPC, SPF (observer), UN

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Liaison Officer NA

        liaison office:
        444 North Capital Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

        telephone:
        (202) 624-7793

        FAX:
        NA

        note:
        relationship of free association with the US pursuant to compact of free association which entered into force 1 October 1994

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Liaison Officer Lloyd W. MOSS

        liaison office:
        Erenguul Street, Koror, Republic of Palau

        mailing address:
        P.O. Box 6028, Republic of Palau 96940

        telephone:
        [680] 488-2920

        FAX:
        [680] 488-2911

        note:
        relationship of free association with the US pursuant to compact of free association which entered into force 1 October 1994

    • Flag:
      light blue with a large yellow disk (representing the moon) shifted slightly to the hoist side






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