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ABOUT THE STATE OF POHNPEI


     The State of Pohnpei is one of the four states that make up the Federated States of Micronesia, along with the states of Chuuk, Kosrae, and Yap.  Pohnpei lies just east of Kosrae, which is the eastern-most island in the FSM.
     Pohnpei island is the biggest island in the FSM and is circular in shape.  Pohnpei has lush tropical forests, and beautiful waterfalls and rivers.  It's famous landmarks are Sokehs Rock and the ancient ruins of Nan Madol.  It has abundant marine resources especially in its outlying atolls.
     Pohnpei State has its own constitutional government with three co-equal branches of government consisting of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.  The Pohnpei Constitution also upholds, respects, and protects the customs and traditions of the traditional kingdoms of Pohnpei.  See, Art. 5 of the Pohnpei Constitution.
     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. 9 of the Pohnpei Constitution.
     The legislative or law making power of the state is vested in the Pohnpei Legislature whose primary responsibility is to make the law and create state government  programs.  The Legislature is composed of 23 Senators who are elected by the voters of the electoral districts of Kapingamarangi, Mwokil, Ngetik, Nukuoro, Pingelap, Kolonia Town, Net, Uh, Kitti, Madolenihmw, Sokehs. See, Art. 8 of the Pohnpei Constitution.
     The judicial power of the State is vested in the Pohnpei State Court and such inferior courts as may be created by law.  The judiciary interprets the constitution and laws of the state.  See, Art. 10 of the Pohnpei Constitution.

     The state government leaders and some key staff are as follows:
 
Governor:   Hon. John Ehsa
Lt. Governor:   Hon. Churchill Edward
Special Assistant:  Hon. Ihlen Joseph
Attorney General:   Hon. Scott Garvey, Esq.
Assistant Attorney Generals:
      Ms. Mona Lisa Pangelinan, Esq.
      Ms. Sarah R. Dorsett, Esq.
Director (Dir.), Education:   Hon. Joseph Villazon
Dir., Health:   Hon. Dr. Elizabeth Keller
Dir., Land & Natural Resources:   Hon. Yosuo Phillip
Dir., Public Safety:   Hon. Lucas Carlos
Dir., Treasury & Admin.:  Hon. Thomas Pablo
 
Speaker, Pohnpei Legislature:   Hon. Nelson N. Pelep
Vice Speaker, Pohnpei Legislature:   Hon. Berney Martin
Floor Leader:   Hon. Fernando Scaliem
Legislative Clerk:  Mr. Charles Johnson
Legislative Counsel:   Mr. Tom Beckmann, Esq.
 
Judiciary
State Supreme Court Chief Justice:   Hon. Benjamin F. Rodriguez
Associate Justices:
      Hon. Nelson A. Joseph
      Hon. Yoster Carl
      Hon. Nickontro Johnny
      Hon. Mayceleen David
Legal Counsel:  Ms. Beauleen Carl Worswick
Chief Clerk of Courts [Acting]:  Mr. Leon Felix
Court of Land Tenure
    Principal Judge:  Hon. Tadasy Yamaguchi
    Associate Judges:
          Hon. Neives G. Pelep
          Hon. Gusto Ligor
    Administrative Officer:  Mr. Goodwin Etse
 
Other Agencies/Organizations
Public Defender:  Mr. Timoci Romanu
MLSC, Dir. Atty.:  Mr. Tino Donre, Esq.
MLSC, Staff Atty.:  Mr. Martin Mix, Esq. 
Public Auditor:  Hon. Annes Lebehn 

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