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There is a pull between the Palauan traditional politics and democracy. "Olbiil er a Kelulau" means all decisions are done through whispering. This also prevents ancestors from interrupting decisions. In this setting all chiefs follow protocols according to their ranks, and individuals have no voice. Chiefs are ready to shed blood or die for their titles. We have placed a traditional understanding, "Olbiil er a Kelulau", on new form of government, democracy. Ke dousbech er a beches el tekoi er Belau el mo ombil a "omelib el llach" me le terbengii a kodelir a rechad el omtok er a miltutk el mo melib a llach.
Commented Oct 22, 2009 on Open Thread LXXVIII at okedyulabeluu
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