REMENGESAU TIRED OF WAITING, WANTS PALAU INITIATIVE

By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, Oct. 7) — President Tommy Remengesau says he will no longer wait for lawmakers to act on his proposed constitutional amendments, and will instead push for the changes through a people’s initiative.

He said since the Olbiil Era Kelulau, the national legislature, has not taken action on his proposals, he will bring the constitutional amendments to the people.

Remengesau is pushing for dual citizenship, a unicameral OEK and a single ticket for the president and vice president.

These proposals were sent to the OEK two years ago.

"It is my hope that we will gain the necessary signatures to bring these issues to a vote...in next year’s general elections," Remengesau said.

"It is time that we reassess our government structure and make it work for the people of Palau. I ask that you involve yourselves in this effort," Remengesau told the public during the Independence Day celebration here last week.

He said Palau’s government structure should be improved.

"Our public sector must act as a driving force for our economic expansion, not as an impediment," the president said.

He also asked the people to be more involved in their government’s decision-making process.

"If your leaders are not performing up to your standards, you must tell them. If they do not respond, you must change them. Our democracy is only as strong as the dedication of each of our citizens to defend his and her rights under the Constitution," Remengesau said.

He urged citizens to work toward the creation of a strong future for Palau.

He also noted the need to move forward with private sector development in tourism, fisheries, agriculture, aquaculture and light industries.

He said these sectors should be provided with incentives, investment opportunities and a tax structure that will permit Palau to be competitive in the world market.

He asked for the lawmakers’ help to enact these measures.

Remengesau also took the opportunity to thank the United States, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union for their support and assistance to Palau.

October 7, 2003

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