Politics of Palau

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Politics of Palau takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Palau is both head of state and head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Palau National Congress. The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.


Executive branch

Presidential elections take place every four years, when the president and vice president run on separate tickets. The president, who is the chief of state and head of government, is currently Johnson Toribiong.

Legislative branch

The Palau National Congress (Olbiil era Kelulau) consists of two chambers—the Senate and the House of Delegates. The Senate has nine members elected nationwide. The House has 16 members, one from each of Palau's states. All legislators serve 4-year terms. Each state also elects its own governor and legislature.

The Council of Chiefs advises the president on traditional laws and customs. It is made up of the highest traditional chiefs from each state.

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