200 PALAU CHIEFS GATHER FOR LEADERSHIP CONFAB

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Roles, duties under traditional law considered

By Heide E.V Inoya KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Oct. 29, 2010) –Palau traditional chiefs have convened yesterday for a one-day conference at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center.

An estimated 200 Palau council chiefs from national, states and hamlets attended the conference.

Among the topics discussed in the conference were traditional leadership; roles and duties under traditional laws and customs at the hamlet state and national levels; and laws and constitutions in today’s Palau.

Dilmei Olkeriil, Executive Director of the Council of Chiefs office, said this was the first time that the Council of Chiefs gathered all together.

Olkeriil said they expected at least 500 traditional chiefs to attend the meeting, but only 200 have shown up.

The conference started with an opening prayer, chant, introduction and presentations by three speakers at 8:30 in the morning, followed by the discussions and deliberations concerning traditional laws and customs in the afternoon.

Palau has 16 states and each state has its own council of chiefs. States have their own hamlets numbering from four to six with few exceptions of more or less hamlets and each hamlet has its own council of chiefs consisting of 10 chiefs. Chiefs in the council represent each of the 10 clans in the village and each chief has his own function among the 10 chiefs and in the village.

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