Prime Minister of Tuvalu

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Prime Minister of Tuvalu
Coat of Arms of Tuvalu
Incumbent
Enele Sopoaga

since 1 August 2013
Appointer Iakoba Italeli
Term length At the Governor-General's pleasure
Inaugural holder Toaripi Lauti
Formation1 October 1978
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The Prime Minister of Tuvalu is the head of government of Tuvalu. According to Tuvalu's constitution, the prime minister must always be a member of the Parliament, and is elected by parliament in a secret ballot. Because there are no political parties in Tuvalu, any member of parliament can be nominated for the role. Following parliament vote the Governor-General of Tuvalu is responsible for swearing the prime minister in.

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The office of prime minister was established when Tuvalu gained independence in 1978, although the post is sometimes considered to be a continuation of the earlier office of chief minister, which was created in 1975. If the prime minister dies, as has happened on one occasion, the deputy prime minister becomes acting prime minister until a new one is elected by parliament. The prime minister can lose his office by resigning, being defeated in a no confidence vote by parliament, or losing his seat in a parliamentary election.

Several former prime ministers have been appointed the Governor-General of Tuvalu.

Chief Minister of the Ellice Islands (1975–78)

Name
(Birth–Death)
TenurePolitical Affiliation
Took OfficeLeft Office
1Sir Toaripi Lauti
(1928–2014)
2 October 19751 October 1978 Independent

Prime Ministers of Tuvalu (1978–present)

Name
(Birth–Death)
TenurePolitical Affiliation
Took OfficeLeft Office
1Sir Toaripi Lauti
(1928–2014)
1 October 19788 September 1981 Independent
2 Tomasi Puapua
(1938–)
8 September 198116 October 1989 Independent
3 Bikenibeu Paeniu
(1956–)
16 October 198910 December 1993 Independent
4Sir Kamuta Latasi
(1936–)
10 December 199324 December 1996 Independent
(3) Bikenibeu Paeniu
(1956–)
24 December 199627 April 1999 Independent
5 Ionatana Ionatana
(1938–2000)
27 April 19998 December 2000 Independent
N/A 1 Lagitupu Tuilimu 8 December 200024 February 2001 Independent
6 Faimalaga Luka
(1940–2005)
24 February 200114 December 2001 Independent
7 Koloa Talake
(1934–2008)
14 December 200124 August 2002 Independent
8 Saufatu Sopoanga
(1952–)
24 August 200227 August 2004 Independent
9 Maatia Toafa
(1954–)
27 August 200414 August 2006 Independent
10 Apisai Ielemia
(1955–2018)
14 August 200629 September 2010 Independent
(9) Maatia Toafa
(1954–)
29 September 201024 December 2010 Independent
11 Willy Telavi
(1954–)
24 December 20101 August 2013 Independent
12 Enele Sopoaga
(1956–)
1 August 2013Incumbent Independent
Notes
  1. ^ Tuilimu served as acting prime minister following the death of Ionatana. [1] [2]

References

  1. "Tuvalu: Year In Review 2001". Britannica. 2001. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  2. Lansford, Tom (2015). Political Handbook of the World 2015. CQ Press.

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