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island group W

Pacific comprising a republic; usu. considered part of the Carolines pop 19,907

Pa•lau•an \pə-॑lau̇-ən\ n

Summary Article: Palau from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
Country comprising more than 350 islands and atolls (mostly uninhabited) in the west Pacific Ocean. Government Palau has a presidential political executive. Its 1981 constitution, amended in 1992, provides for a two-chamber legislature, the Palau National Congress. It consists of an upper house, the Senate, with 13 members elected nationwide, and a lower house, the House of Delegates, with 16 members, one elected in each of the country's 16 states. Members of both chambers serve four-year terms. The president, who is head of state and government, is directly elected for a similar term and heads an eight-member cabinet, which includes a vice-president. A president is limited to two terms. There is also a council of the paramount chiefs of the country's 16 constituent states, which advises the president on traditional laws and customs. Each state has its own elected legislature and governor. History The islands were initially settle...    Continue Reading

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