President of Nauru

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President of the Republic of Nauru
President Ribulik Naoero
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg
Seal of Government of
the Republic of Nauru
Lionel Aingimea

since 27 August 2019
Residence State House
Anetan District
Appointer Parliament of Nauru
Term length Three years
renewable, can be removed by a majority of Parliament
Inaugural holder Hammer DeRoburt
31 January 1968
Formation Constitution of Nauru
Deputy Minister Assisting the President of Nauru
Salary$100,032 (AUD) annually [1]
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The President of Nauru is elected by Parliament from among its members, and is both the head of state and the head of government of Nauru. Nauru's unicameral Parliament has 19 members, with an electoral term of 3 years. Political parties only play a minor role in Nauru politics, and there have often been periods of instability in the Presidential office. Shifting allegiances among a small number of individuals can lead to frequent changes in the makeup of the government of the day, including the presidential position itself.


List of officeholders

Term of officeParty
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
1 Hammer DeRoburt.jpg Hammer DeRoburt
31 January 196822 December 19768 years,

326 days

2 Bernard Dowiyogo
22 December 197619 December 19781 year,

361 days

Nauru Party
3 Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Lagumot Harris
19 December 197823 December 19784 days Independent
(1) Hammer DeRoburt.jpg Hammer DeRoburt
23 December 197817 September 19867 years,

268 days

4 Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Kennan Adeang
17 September 19861 October 198614 daysNauru Party
(1) Hammer DeRoburt.jpg Hammer DeRoburt
1 October 198612 December 198672 days Independent
(4) Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Kennan Adeang
12 December 198622 December 198610 daysNauru Party
(1) Hammer DeRoburt.jpg Hammer DeRoburt
22 December 198617 August 19892 years,

239 days

5 Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Kenas Aroi
17 August 198912 December 1989117 days Independent
(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
12 December 198922 November 19955 years,

344 days

Democratic Party
(3) Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Lagumot Harris
22 November 199511 November 1996355 days Independent
(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
11 November 199626 November 199615 days Democratic Party
(4) Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Kennan Adeang
26 November 199619 December 199623 days Democratic Party
6 Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Ruben Kun
19 December 199613 February 199756 days Independent
7 Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Kinza Clodumar
13 February 199718 June 19981 year,

126 days

Centre Party
(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
18 June 199827 April 1999313 days Democratic Party
8 René Harris
27 April 199920 April 2000359 days Independent
(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
20 April 200030 March 2001344 days Democratic Party
(8) René Harris
30 March 20019 January 20031 year,

283 days

(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
9 January 200317 January 20038 days Democratic Party
(8) René Harris
17 January 200318 January 20031 day Independent
(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
18 January 20039 March 200350 days Democratic Party
9 Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Derog Gioura
10 March 200329 May 200380 days Independent
10 Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Ludwig Scotty
29 May 20038 August 200371 days Independent
(8) René Harris
8 August 200322 July 2004319 days Independent
(10) Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Ludwig Scotty
22 July 200419 December 20073 years,

179 days

11 President Marcus Stephen of Nauru.jpg Marcus Stephen
19 December 200710 November 20113 years,

326 days

12 Coat of arms of Nauru.svg Freddie Pitcher
10 November 201115 November 20115 days Independent
13 Sprent Dabwido (cropped).jpg Sprent Dabwido
15 November 201111 June 20131 year,

209 days

14 Baron Waqa.jpg Baron Waqa
11 June 201327 August 20196 years,

76 days

15 09.28 Zong Tong Yu Guan Di Wan Yan Nuo Lu Xin Ren Zong Tong An Ge Ming (Lionel Aingimea) (48808645487) (cropped).jpg Lionel Aingimea
27 August 2019Incumbent50 days Independent

Latest election

Summary of the 27 August 2019 President of Nauru election results

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Opposition Lionel Aingimea 12
Outgoing government David Adeang 6

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  1. "Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances (Amendment) Act 2016". Parliament of Nauru. 16 June 2018.