Micronesia Federation. In the March 8 parliamentary elections, eight of the ten senators who were to be elected were re-elected. Micronesia’s single-chamber parliament has 14 members, ten of whom are elected for two years and the rest for four years. For Chuuk, only four, including a new one, were approved by five members because of irregularities in the election. According to the electoral authority, the result in one of Chuuk’s districts could not be approved because there were many more ballots in the urn than there were signatures of registered voters. At the end of the year it was still unclear whether there would be re-election in the district. The voters also had to decide on three constitutional amendments, including one that was based on the recognition of the laws of one state in the other three states. A majority voted for all three proposals, but the result of the vote was not binding because the additions were not supported by a three-quarters majority.
According to countryaah, Palikir is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Federated States of Micronesia. A senator from Faichuk, who is part of Chuuk, submitted a bill in March to make Faichuk the Federation’s fifth state. Faichuk, which consists of several islands and has 20,000 of the country’s more than 500,000 residents, has tried to become independent from Chuuk for the past 40 years. The reason is that the islands receive too little support from the central government. Since 2000, there has been an interim government in Faichuk.