President of the
Republic of Palau
Seal of Government of
the Republic of Palau
Incumbent
Surangel Whipps Jr.

since 21 January 2021
Term lengthFour years, renewable once consecutively
Inaugural holderHaruo Remeliik
Formation2 March 1981
DeputyVice President of Palau
SalaryUS$90,000 annually since 2010[1]
Websitehttp://palaugov.pw/
Chief of Staff
Landisang Kotaro

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 in a consecutive manner.

List of officeholders

All officeholders are political independents.

No. President Name[2]
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Vice President[3]
Took office Left office Time in office
1
Haruo Remeliik
(1932–1985)
1980 2 March 1981 30 June 1985
(Assassinated)
4 years,

119 days


Alfonso Oiterong
(1924–1994)
1984
2
Thomas Remengesau Sr.
(1929–2019)
30 June 1985 2 July 1985 2 days Vacant
3
Alfonso Oiterong
(1924–1994)
2 July 1985 25 October 1985 115 days
4
Lazarus Salii
(1937–1988)
1985 25 October 1985 20 August 1988
(Suicide)
2 years,

299 days


Thomas Remengesau Sr.
(1929–2019)
(2) 5
Thomas Remengesau Sr.
(1929–2019)
20 August 1988 1 January 1989 134 days Vacant
6
Ngiratkel Etpison
(1924–1997)
1988 1 January 1989 1 January 1993 4 years

Kuniwo Nakamura
(1943–2020)
7
Kuniwo Nakamura
(1943–2020)
1992 1 January 1993 1 January 2001 8 years

Thomas Remengesau Jr.
(1956–)
1996
8
Thomas Remengesau Jr.
(1956–)
2000 1 January 2001 15 January 2009 8 years,

14 days


Sandra Pierantozzi
(1951–)
19 January 2001–
1 January 2005
2004

Elias Camsek Chin
(1949–)
1 January 2005–
15 January 2009
9
Johnson Toribiong
(1946–)
2008 15 January 2009 17 January 2013 4 years,

2 days


Kerai Mariur
(1951–)
(7) 10
Thomas Remengesau Jr.
(1956–)
2012 17 January 2013 21 January 2021 8 years,

4 days


Antonio Bells
(1948-)
17 January 2013–
19 January 2017[4]
2016

Raynold Oilouch
(1965–)
19 January 2017 – 21 January 2021[5]
11
Surangel S. Whipps Jr.
(1968–)
2020 21 January 2021 Incumbent 300 days

Vacant


1 October 2021-Present

Latest election

Main article: 2020 Palauan presidential election

Palau Presidential election results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Surangel Whipps Jr. 5,699 56.7
Independent Raynold Oilouch 4,351 43.3
Total votes 10,050 100

See also

References

  1. ^ Republic of Palau. "REPUBLIC OF PALAU, TITLE 33 PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT, RPPL 1-38". www.paclii.org.
  2. ^ "Palau Government". 27 February 2012. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Palau Government". 16 February 2012. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Australia - Oceania :: Palau — The World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency". Cia.gov. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-04-11. Retrieved 2018-03-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Carreon, Bernadette (2020-11-20). "Palau Election Commission officially certifies election results". Island Times. Retrieved 2020-11-22.