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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. Robert J. Weilbacher
Lt. Governor:   Hon. William O. Tosie
Attorney General:  Ms. Judy D. Lee, Esq.
Chief of Police:  Mr. Edmond Salik
Director (Dir.), Admin. & Finance:  Hon. Reynold Tiser
Dir., Resources & Economic Dev.:  Hon. Steven George
Dir., Education:  Hon. Paul Hadik
Dir., Health Services:  Hon. Donald Post
Dir., Public Works:  Hon. Weston Luckimiss
    Speaker:   Hon. Lyndon H. Jackson
    Vice Speaker:  Hon. Albert T. Welly
    Floor Leader:  Hon. Semeon J. Phillip
    Members:  Hon. Josaiah H. Saimon
                         Hon. John Martin
                         Hon. Gibson T. Siba
                         Hon. Bob H. Skilling
                         Hon. Jefferson M. Timothy
                         Hon. Patterson B. Benjamin
                         Hon. Carson K. Sigrah
                         Hon. Ilai D. Abraham
                         Hon. Chang B. William
                         Hon. Lipar L. George
    Legislative Counsel:   Mr. John McKenzie, Esq.
    Asst. Legislative Counsel:  
    Chief Clerk:  Tosie K. Elley
    Administrative/Fiscal Officer:  Alik Isaac
    Journal Clerk:  
    Judiciary
    Chief Justice:  Hon. Aliksa B. Aliksa
    Associate Justice:   [Vacant]
    Court Legal Counsel:  Mr.                  , Esq.
    Chief Clerk of Courts:  Ms. Shrue C. Lonno
    Administrative Officer:  Mr. Marciano K. Wakuk
    Land Court, Acting Principal Judge:  Hon. Robinson Timothy
    Land Court, Assoc. Judge:   Hon.
    Land Court, Principal Clerk:  Mr.
     
    Other Agencies/Organizations
    Public Defender:  Mr. Harry A. Seymour, Esq.
    MLSC, Dir. Attorney:  Mr. Charlton Timothy
    MLSC, Staff Attorney:  Mr. Sasaki George, Esq.
                                               Mr. Canney Palsis, Esq.
     
        For more visitor information on Kosrae visit the Kosrae page on the FSM Visitors Board web site.