Government of Palau
The Republic of Palau's National
Congress is known as the Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK), which means "House of Whispered
Decisions." The Congress consists of two houses which sit for four-year terms. The
House of Delegates has 16 members, one from each state. The Senate has 9 members
whose representation is based on district population.
The Executive Branch of the government of Palau consists of the President, the Vice
President, and the Council of Chiefs. Assisting the top executives are the cabinet
ministers and their supporting staff. The Vice President serves as one of the ministers.
The Council of Chiefs is composed of one traditional chief from each of the Republic's
states. The Council advises the President on matters concerning traditional laws,
customs and their relationship to the Constitution and the laws of Palau.
The Constitution of the Republic of Palau vests final judicial power in the Supreme
Court. Below the Supreme Court is the National Court. The Constitutional Government
of Palau was established in 1981.