Palau. According to countryaah, the current population of Palau is 18,105. 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 be re-elected.
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.
According to thereligionfaqs, 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.