President of Palau

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President of the
Republic of Palau
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the Republic of Palau
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Thomas Remengesau Jr.

since 17 January 2013
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Haruo Remeliik
Formation2 March 1981
Deputy Vice President of Palau
SalaryUS$90,000 annually since 2010 [1]
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The President of the Republic of Palau is the head of government and head of state of Palau. The president is directly elected to a four-year term, and can be reelected once.


List of officeholders

All officeholders are political independents.

No.PictureName [2]
Term of officeElection Vice President [3]
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
1 Haruo Ignacio Remeliik.jpg Haruo Remeliik
2 March 198130 June 1985
4 years,

119 days

1980 (31.2%) Alfonso Oiterong.jpg
Alfonso Oiterong
1984 (50.9%)
2 Thomas Ongelibel Remengesau.jpg Thomas Remengesau Sr.
30 June 19852 July 19852 daysVacant
3 Alfonso Oiterong.jpg Alfonso Oiterong
2 July 198525 October 1985115 days
4 Lazarus Eitaro Salii.jpg Lazarus Salii
25 October 198520 August 1988
2 years,

299 days

1985 (53.9%) Thomas Ongelibel Remengesau.jpg
Thomas Remengesau Sr.
2 Thomas Ongelibel Remengesau.jpg Thomas Remengesau Sr.
20 August 19881 January 1989134 daysVacant
5 Ngiratkel.jpg Ngiratkel Etpison
1 January 19891 January 19934 years 1988 (26.3%) Zhong Cun Guo Xiong (cropped).jpg
Kuniwo Nakamura
6 Zhong Cun Guo Xiong (cropped).jpg Kuniwo Nakamura
1 January 19931 January 20018 years 1992 (37.3%)
(first round)
(second round)
Tommy Remengesau.jpg
Thomas Remengesau Jr.
1996 (52.7%)
(first round)
(second round)
7 Tommy Remengesau.jpg Thomas Remengesau Jr.
1 January 200115 January 20098 years,

14 days

2000 (52%) Sandra Pierantozzi.jpg
Sandra Pierantozzi
19 January 2001–
1 January 2005
2004 (66.31%) Elias Camsek Chin.jpg
Elias Camsek Chin
1 January 2005–
15 January 2009
8 Johnson Toribiong.jpg Johnson Toribiong
15 January 200917 January 20134 years,

2 days

2008 (51.12%) Kerai Mariur.jpg
Kerai Mariur
7 Tommy Remengesau 2016.jpg Thomas Remengesau Jr.
17 January 2013Incumbent6 years,

286 days

2012 (49.08%) Seal of Palau.svg
Antonio Bells
17 January 2013–
19 January 2017 [4]
2016 (51.3%) Seal of Palau.svg
Raynold Oilouch
19 January 2017–present [5]

Latest election

Palau Presidential results
Independent Tommy Remengesau 5,10951.3%
Independent Surangel Whipps Jr. 4,85448.7%
Total votes9,963100%

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