Palau. In the November 2 presidential election, President
Tommy Remengesau was re-elected with approximately 64% of
the vote. His main opponent, Polycarp Basilius, received
36%. Elias Camsek Chin was elected new Vice President, even
by a large margin.
At the same time as the election, a referendum was held
on five constitutional amendments. Voters said yes to a
proposal to allow dual citizenship for Palau Americans.
CountryAAH, the total population in Palau is 18,105 people in 2020. President Remengesau had tried in vain to pass this
amendment in Parliament earlier. According to the
government, dual citizenship is the only way to stop the
flight of educated Palauians to the United States. The
approximately 7,000 Palauians who live in the United States
now have the right to vote and to own land in Palau.
The voters also voted in favor of three other
constitutional amendments: that the president and the vice
president should be elected at the same time, that a member
of parliament may sit for a maximum of four terms of office
and a proposal on how the salaries of parliamentarians
should be regulated. However, the proposal to abolish
Parliament's second chamber was rejected.