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Republic of PalauBelu’u era Belau
Political Status: Former U.S. Trust Territory; became sovereign state in free association with the United States on October 1, 1994.
Land Area: 178 sq. mi. (461 sq. km).
Population: 22,000 (2018E—World Bank); 21,516 (2018E—U.S. Census). Approximately 6,000 residents are nonnationals.
Major Urban Center (2017E): MELEKEOK (391), Koror (11,200). Melekeok, located on the largely undeveloped northern island of Babeldaob, replaced Koror as Palau’s capital in October 2006.
Official Languages: English, Palauan.
Monetary Unit: U.S. Dollar (see U.S. article for principal exchange rates).
President: Thomas REMENGESAU Jr. (nonparty); elected on November 6, 2012, and inaugurated for a four-year term on January 17, [Page 1226]2013, succeeding Johnson TORIBIONG (nonparty); reelected on November 1, 2016.
Vice President: Raynold B. OILOUCH (nonparty); elected on November 1, 2016, for a term concurrent with that ...