Micronesia Government

What is the capital of Micronesia?

Country Name none
Full Country Name Federated States of Micronesia
Abbreviation FSM
Local - Long Federated States of Micronesia
Local - Short none
Former Name Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Ponape, Truk, and Yap Districts
Etymology- history of name the term "Micronesia" is a 19th-century construct of two Greek words, "micro" (small) and "nesoi" (islands), and refers to thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean
Government Type federal republic in free association with the US
Capital Name Palikir
Capital - geographic coordinate 6 55 N, 158 09 E
Capital Time Difference UTC+11 (16 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Independence 3 November 1986 (from the US-administered UN trusteeship)
National Holiday Constitution Day, 10 May (1979); Independence Day, 3 November (1986)
Constitution drafted June 1975, ratified 1 October 1978, entered into force 10 May 1979; amended 1990; note - in 2001, all 26 amendments proposed by the FSM constitutional convention were defeated in a national referendum

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Micronesia Government and Politics

Who is the president of Micronesia?

Executive Branch: chief of state: President David W. PANUELO (since 11 May 2019); Vice President Yosiwo P. GEORGE (since 11 May 2015); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government

head of government: President David W. PANUELO (since 11 May 2019); Vice President Yosiwo P. GEORGE (since 11 May 2015)

cabinet: Cabinet includes the vice president and the heads of the 8 executive departments

elections/appointments: president and vice president indirectly elected by Congress from among the 4 'at large' senators for a 4-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 11 May 2019 (next to be held in 2023)

election results: David W. PANUELO elected president by Congress; Yosiwo P. GEORGE reelected vice president
Citizenship Criteria: citizenship by birth: no

citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of FSM

dual citizenship recognized: no

residency requirement for naturalization: 5 years
Legal System: mixed legal system of common and customary law
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
Legislative Branch: description: unicameral Congress (14 seats; 10 members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote to serve 2-year terms and 4 at- large members directly elected from each of the 4 states by proportional representation vote to serve 4-year terms)

elections: last held on 5 March 2019 (next to be held in March 2021)

election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - independent 14; composition - men 14, women 0
Judicial Branch: highest court(s): Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Supreme Court (consists of the chief justice and not more than 5 associate justices and organized into appellate and criminal divisions)

judge selection and term of office: justices appointed by the president of the Federated States of Micronesia with the approval of two-thirds of Congress; justices appointed for life

subordinate courts: the highest state-level courts are: Chuuk Supreme Court; Korsae State Court; Pohnpei State Court; Yap State Court
Regions or States: 4 states; Chuuk (Truk), Kosrae (Kosaie), Pohnpei (Ponape), Yap
Political Parties and Leaders: no formal parties
International Law Organization Participation: has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; non-party state to the ICCt
International Organization Participation: ACP, ADB, AOSIS, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, IMF, IOC, IOM, IPU, ITSO, ITU, MIGA, OPCW, PIF, Sparteca, SPC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, WHO, WMO
Diplomatic Representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Ad interim James A. NAICH

chancery: 1725 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

telephone: [1] (202) 223-4383

FAX: [1] (202) 223-4391

consulate(s) general: Honolulu, Tamuning (Guam)
Diplomatic Representation from US: chief of mission: Ambassador Dorothea-Maria (Doria) ROSEN (since 9 August 2012)

embassy: 101 Upper Pics Road, Kolonia

mailing address: P. O. Box 1286, Kolonia, Pohnpei, 96941; U.S. Embassy in Micronesia, 4120 Kolonia Place, Washington, D.C. 20521-4120

telephone: [691] 320-2187

FAX: [691] 320-2186
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