Republic of Palau
Belu’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: 19,907 (2005C); 20,500 (2008E). Approximately 6,000 residents are nonnationals.
Major Urban Center (2005C): Koror (10,743), MELEKEOK (250). 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: Johnson TORIBIONG (nonparty); elected on November 4, 2008, and inaugurated for a four-year term on January 15, 2009, succeeding Thomas (Tommy) REMENGESAU Jr. (nonparty), who was ineligible for reelection.
Vice President: Kerai MARIUR (nonparty); elected on November 4, 2008, for a term concurrent with that of the president, ...