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
Baron Waqa.jpg
Baron Waqa

since 11 June 2013
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
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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.

Parliament of Nauru

The Parliament of Nauru has 19 members, elected for a three-year term in multi-seat constituencies. The President of Nauru is elected by the members of the Parliament. The number of seats was increased to 19 following elections in 2013.

A head of state is the public persona who officially represents the national unity and legitimacy of a sovereign state. Depending on the country's form of government and separation of powers, the head of state may be a ceremonial figurehead or concurrently the head of government. In a parliamentary system the head of state is the de jure leader of the nation, and there is a separate de facto leader, often with the title of prime minister. In contrast, a semi-presidential system has both heads of state and government as the leaders de facto of the nation.

The head of government is either the highest or second highest official in the executive branch of a sovereign state, a federated state, or a self-governing colony, who often presides over a cabinet, a group of ministers or secretaries who lead executive departments. "Head of government" is often differentiated from "head of state", as they may be separate positions, individuals, or roles depending on the country.



PictureTook officeLeft officeParty
1 Hammer DeRoburt
Hammer DeRoburt.jpg 31 January 196822 December 1976 Independent
2 Bernard Dowiyogo
22 December 197619 December 1978Nauru Party
3 Lagumot Harris
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 19 December 197823 December 1978 Independent
(1) Hammer DeRoburt
Hammer DeRoburt.jpg 23 December 197817 September 1986 Independent
4 Kennan Adeang
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 17 September 19861 October 1986Nauru Party
(1) Hammer DeRoburt
Hammer DeRoburt.jpg 1 October 198612 December 1986 Independent
(4) Kennan Adeang
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 12 December 198622 December 1986Nauru Party
(1) Hammer DeRoburt
Hammer DeRoburt.jpg 22 December 198617 August 1989 Independent
5 Kenas Aroi
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 17 August 198912 December 1989 Independent
(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
12 December 198922 November 1995 Democratic Party
(3) Lagumot Harris
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 22 November 199511 November 1996 Independent
(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
11 November 199626 November 1996 Democratic Party
(4) Kennan Adeang
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 26 November 199619 December 1996 Democratic Party
6 Ruben Kun
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 19 December 199613 February 1997 Independent
7 Kinza Clodumar
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 13 February 199718 June 1998 Centre Party
(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
18 June 199827 April 1999 Democratic Party
8 René Harris
27 April 199920 April 2000 Independent
(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
20 April 200030 March 2001 Democratic Party
(8) René Harris
30 March 20019 January 2003 Independent
(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
9 January 200317 January 2003 Democratic Party
(8) René Harris
17 January 200318 January 2003 Independent
(2) Bernard Dowiyogo
18 January 20039 March 2003 Democratic Party
9 Derog Gioura
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 10 March 200329 May 2003 Independent
10 Ludwig Scotty
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 29 May 20038 August 2003 Independent
(8) René Harris
8 August 200322 June 2004 Independent
(10) Ludwig Scotty
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 22 June 200419 December 2007 Independent
11 Marcus Stephen
President Marcus Stephen of Nauru.jpg 19 December 200710 November 2011 Independent
12 Freddie Pitcher
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg 10 November 201115 November 2011 Independent
13 Sprent Dabwido
Sprent Dabwido (cropped).jpg 15 November 201111 June 2013 Independent
14 Baron Waqa
Baron Waqa.jpg 11 June 2013Incumbent Independent

Latest election

Summary of the 13 July 2016 President of Nauru election results

Nauru Republic in Oceania

Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country in Micronesia, a subregion of Oceania, in the Central Pacific. Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 300 kilometres (190 mi) to the east. It further lies northwest of Tuvalu, north of the Solomon Islands, east-northeast of Papua New Guinea, southeast of the Federated States of Micronesia and south of the Marshall Islands. With only a 21-square-kilometre (8.1 sq mi) area, Nauru is the third-smallest state on the list of countries and dependencies by area behind Vatican City and Monaco, making it the smallest state in the South Pacific Ocean, the smallest island state, and the smallest republic. Its population is 11,347, making it the third smallest on the list of countries and dependencies by population, after the Vatican and Tuvalu.

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