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  • ABOUT THE STATE OF KOSRAE

         The State of Kosrae is one of the four states that make up the Federated States of Micronesia, along with the states of Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Yap.  Kosrae is the eastern-most island in the FSM, located approximately 600 kilometers southeast of Pohnpei.
         Kosrae is a 109 square kilometer island surrounded by a reef. Kosrae is circular in shape, measuring only 16 kilometers across at its widest point, and it is the only state without an outer island.
         Kosrae's main natural resources are the abundant marine resources surrounding the island and the beautiful lush green island which has significant agricultural potential. The island is mountainous with a dense jungle, with white coral sand beaches around the rim.  Kosrae is known for its citrus fruit which includes delicious oranges, tangerines, and limes.
         Legend has it that Kosrae was shaped by the gods from the transformed figure of a sleeping lady.  Indeed, the skyline from many parts of Kosrae reveal the silhouette of a female body.
         Kosrae State has its own constitutional government with three co-equal branches of government consisting of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
         The Executive Branch is headed by a Governor and Lt. Governor who appoint their own cabinet members and are primarily responsible for executing the laws and administering state government services.  See, Art. V of the Kosrae Constitution.
         The legislative or law making power of the state is vested in the Kosrae Legislature whose jurisdiction extends to all rightful subjects of legislation not inconsistent with its constitution.  The Legislature is composed of 14 Senators who are elected by the voters of the electoral districts of Lelu, Malem, Tafunsak, and Utwe. See, Art. IV of the Kosrae Constitution.
         The judicial power of the State is vested in the Kosrae State Court and such inferior courts as may be created by law.  The judiciary interprets the constitution and laws of the state.  The decisions of the Kosrae State Court are appealable to the Appellate Division of the FSM Supreme Court as stated in Art. VI, Sect. 6, of the Kosrae Constitution.  See, Art. VI of the Kosrae Constitution.

         The state leaders and some key staff are as follows:
     
    Executive
    Governor:   Hon. Carson K. Sigrah
    Lt. Governor:   Hon. Hon. Arthy G. Nena
    Acting Attorney General:  Mr. Snyder Simon
    Chief of Police:  Hon. Edmond Salik
    Director, Admin. & Finance:  Hon. Rensley A. Sigrah
    Director, Resources & Economic Dev.:  Hon. Gerson A. Jackson
    Director, Education:  Hon. Tulensru E. Waguk
    Director, Health Services:  Hon. Livinson A. Taulung
    Director, Public Works:  Hon. Hairom E. Livaie
      Legislature
      Speaker:   Hon. Tulensa W. Palik
      Vice Speaker:  Hon. Rolner L. Joe
      Floor Leader:  Hon. Jarinson M. Charley
      Members:  Hon. Andy J. Andrew
                           Hon. Yamado A. Melander
                           Hon. Bob H. Skilling
                           Hon. Salpasr Tilfas
                           Hon. Rinehart B.William
                           Hon. Hilton C. Phillip                    
                           Hon. Carlton M. Timothy
                           Hon. Sasaki L. George
                           Hon. Harry H. Jackson
                           Hon. Nena O. Ned
                           Hon. Alokoa J. Sigrah

      Legislative Counsel:   [Vacant]

      Asst. Legislative Counsel:  [Vacant]
      Chief Clerk:  Ms. Martha B. Talley
      Administrative/Fiscal Officer:  Mr. Semeon J. Phillip
      Journal Clerk:  Kenye M. Nena
      Chief Justice:   Hon. Chang B. William
      Associate Justice:   Edmund Salik
      Court Staff Attorney:  Ms. Mary V. Belcourt, Esq.
      Chief Clerk of Courts:  Ms. Shrue C. Lonno
      Administrative Officer:  Marciano K. Wakuk
      Land Court, Principal Judge:  Hon. Robinson Timothy
      Land Court, Assoc. Judge:   [Vacant]
      Land Court, Principal Clerk:  Juanita B. Charley
       
      Other Agencies/Organizations
      Public Defender:  Mr. Mysud Wesley
      MLSC, Dir. Attorney:  Mr. Canney L. Palsis, Esq.
      MLSC, Staff Attorneys:  Charlton M. Timothy
       
      Municipal Mayors
      Lelu:  Hon. Presley Abraham
      Tafunsak:  Hon. Jackson Albert
      Malem:  Hon. Ruben Charley
      Utwe:  Hon. Canston Segal
          For more visitor information on Kosrae visit the Kosrae page on the FSM Visitors Board web site.