Palau National Congress

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Palau National Congress

Olbiil era Kelulau
10th Olbiil Era Kelulau
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Type
Type
HousesSenate
House of Delegates
Leadership
President of the Senate
Hokkons Baules, Independent
since 19 January 2017
Structure
Seats29 members (13 and 16)
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Senate political groups
  Independent: 9 seats
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House of Delegates political groups
  Independent: 16 seats
Elections
single-seat constituency
multi-seat constituency
Senate last election
1 November 2016
Meeting place
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Capitol Building, Ngerulmud
Website
www.palauoek.com
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Palau has a bicameral legislature, the Palau National Congress (Olbiil era Kelulau), consisting of the House of Delegates and the Senate of Palau, which both sit at the capitol complex in Ngerulmud, Melekeok State. The House of Delegates has 16 members, each serving four-year terms in single-seat constituencies. The Senate has 13 members, also serving four-year terms in multi-seat constituencies. In the last elections, held on 1 November 2016, only non-partisans were elected; no political parties exist.

The congress is called Olbiil Era Kelulau (“OEK”) or “House of Whispered Decisions or Strategies." When it was founded, there were 18 senators. That number of them was changed in 1984 to 14. The number of senators changed again in 2000, when it was reduced drastically to 9. In 2008, it was raised once again, to 13.[1]

In 2018, the Senate President was Hokkons Baules, and Speaker was Sabino Anastacio.[2]

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Palau Congressional Library[edit]

Housed at the Palau National Congress, the Palau Congressional Library was founded on August 18, 1981. Headed as of 1996 by Congressional Librarian Harry Besebes, it has a 3000 item collection, with annual accessions of 350. The library employs 2 staff members, both professional librarians.

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