Palau

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Palau is a small island state with a population of approximately 22,000 people. Palau has a US presidential-style of Government, with a directly elected President and a separate Congress. It is the only country in the Pacific which has a bicameral Congressional system. The House of Delegates has 16 members, representing the 16 States of Palau. Delegates are elected through a first-past-the-post electoral system. The Senate has 13 members, elected from a common roll across the entire country. Elections are held every 4 years for both Houses.

Although Palau is a matrilineal country, historically, women's representation in the national Congress has been limited. Prior to 2008, Palau had no female members of Congress. Since the 2008 elections, the Palau Congress has had two women members, elected to the Senate. 

Current National Women MPs

Past National Women MPs
Past National Women Candidate
Senator Katherine Kesolei
Party: None
Electorate: Common Roll
Province:
Political Status: Senator

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Senator J. Uduch Sengebau-Senior
Party: None
Electorate: Common Roll
Province:
Political Status:

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Senator Rukebai Inabo
Party: None
Electorate: Common Roll
Province:
Political Status:

Current Sub-National Women

Past Sub-National Women
Past Sub-National Women Candidate
Governor Leilani Ngirturong Reklai
Party: N/A
Electorate: Aimeliik State
Province: Aimeliik State
Political Status: State Governor

Governor Victoria Ngiratkakl-Kanai
Party: N/A
Electorate: Airai State
Province: Airai State
Political Status: State Governor

Governor Maria Gates Meltel
Party: N/A
Electorate: Angaur State
Province: Angaur State
Political Status: State Governor

Governor Akiko C. Bedor Sugiyama
Party: N/A
Electorate: Ngardmau State
Province: Ngardmau State
Political Status: State Governor (current); National Senator (1996-2001)

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