Palau. Former President Thomas Remengesau passed away in August at the age of 89. Remengesau temporarily resigned as the country’s highest leader in 1985 after President Haruo Remeliik was assassinated. The same thing happened in 1988, when Lazarus Salii committed suicide. Remengesau is the father of Tommy Remengesau, the one who ruled Palau the longest in modern times (2001–09 and since 2013).
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In July, President Remengesau made a statement pointing to the need for reduced emissions from large vessels. The following month, he promised to put pressure on Australia to do more to curb climate change. The statement was made during a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu. Concerns about the effects of global warming are high among Pacific Islanders, where the consequences have already begun to be felt.
According to CountryAAH, the population of Palau in 2019 was 17,897, ranking number 222 in the world. The population growth rate was 0.560% yearly, and the population density was 39.1478 people per km2.