20 Nov 2003

Palau President offers Congress special session ot override his veto on gambling bill

4:44 pm on 20 November 2003

Palau's president Tommy Remengesau has called a special session to provide Congress with the opportunity to override the veto he made on a controversial gambling bill.

Palau's National Congress earlier this week passed the bill allowing casino gambling on sparsely populated Angaur island, fifty kilometres from the capital, Koror.

But the bill is opposed by the President who says gambling would taint Palau's image and traditions.

Congress can override bills that the President has struck down with a two-thirds majority although traditional leaders are also opposed to the casino.

Congress may also override a second veto by the president of a controversial bill that proposes banking law changes