Nauru Government

What is the capital of Nauru?

Country Name Nauru
Full Country Name Republic of Nauru
Local - Long Republic of Nauru
Local - Short Nauru
Former Name Pleasant Island
Etymology- history of name the island name may derive from the Nauruan word "anaoero" meaning "I go to the beach"
Government Type parliamentary republic
Capital Name no official capital; government offices in Yaren District
Capital Time Difference UTC+12 (17 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Independence 31 January 1968 (from the Australia-, NZ-, and UK-administered UN trusteeship)
National Holiday Independence Day, 31 January (1968)
Constitution effective 29 January 1968; amended 1968, 2009, 2014

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Nauru Government and Politics

Who is the president of Nauru?

Executive Branch:

chief of state: President Lionel AINGIMEA (since 27 August 2019); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government

head of government: President Lionel AINGIMEA (since 27 August 2019)

cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president from among members of Parliament

elections/appointments: president indirectly elected by Parliament (eligible for a second term); election last held on 27 August 2019 (next to be held in 2022)

election results: Lionel AINGIMEA elected president; Parliament vote - Lionel AINGIMEA (independent) 12, David ADEANG (Nauru First) 6

Legal System:

mixed legal system of common law based on the English model and customary law

Suffrage:

20 years of age; universal and compulsory

Legislative Branch:

description: unicameral parliament (19 seats; members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by majority vote using the "Dowdall" counting system by which voters rank candidates on their ballots; members serve 3-year terms)

elections: last held on 24 August 2019 (next to be held in 2022)

election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - independent 19; composition - men 17, women 2, percent of women 10.5%

Judicial Branch:

highest court(s): Supreme Court (consists of a chief justice and 1 judge)

judge selection and term of office: judges appointed by the president to serve until age 65

subordinate courts: District Court, Family Court

Regions or States:

14 districts; Aiwo, Anabar, Anetan, Anibare, Baiti, Boe, Buada, Denigomodu, Ewa, Ijuw, Meneng, Nibok, Uaboe, Yaren

Political Parties and Leaders:

Democratic Party [Kennan ADEANG]

Nauru First (Naoero Amo) Party

Nauru Party (informal)

note: loose multiparty system

International Law Organization Participation:

has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; accepts ICCt jurisdiction

International Organization Participation:

ACP, ADB, AOSIS, C, FAO, G-77, ICAO, ICCt, IFAD, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ITU, OPCW, PIF, Sparteca, SPC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UPU, WHO

Diplomatic Representation in the US:

chief of mission: Ambassador Marlene Inemwin MOSES (since 10 February 2006)

chancery: 800 2nd Avenue, Suite 400 D, New York, NY 10017

telephone: [1] (212) 937-0074

FAX: [1] (212) 937-0079

Diplomatic Representation from US:

the US does not have an embassy in Nauru; the US Ambassador to Fiji is accredited to Nauru

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