Palau. According to
countryaah, the president since 2013, Tommy Remengesau,
received 49% of the vote in the first round of the
presidential elections in September, which was not enough to
In the second round of elections in November, Remengesau
was opposed to his brother-in-law Surangel Whipps Jr., who
in September received 39% of the vote. The fight between
them became even and before a winner could be proclaimed,
the electoral commission had to await the counting of postal
votes. Finally, it turned out that Remengesau received 51%
of the total of almost 10,000 votes cast.
In February, the country legislated on the creation of a
new energy authority, which will be tasked with
restructuring the energy sector in order to achieve the
goals of renewable sources.
In June, Palau joined a project under the auspices of the
World Wildlife Fund that aims to protect and preserve sharks
and rays in the Pacific. Already in 2009, Palau banned all
shark catches in its territorial waters, and since then
there has been a proposal for a total ban on commercial
fishing from 2018.