Lionel Aingimea

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Lionel Aingimea
Lionel Aingimea.jpg
Aingimea in 2019
15th President of Nauru
In office
27 August 2019 – 28 September 2022
DeputyMartin Hunt[1]
Preceded byBaron Waqa
Succeeded byRuss Kun
Assistant Minister for Justice and Border Control
In office
Member of Parliament for Meneng
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1965-09-02) 2 September 1965 (age 57)
Political partyIndependent
SpouseIngrid Aingimea

Lionel Rouwen Aingimea (born 2 September 1965)[2] is a Nauruan lawyer and politician. He served as the fifteenth president of Nauru from 2019 to 2022.[3][4] He currently serves as Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Nauru.[5]

Early life[edit]

Aingimea was born in September 1965 into the Deiboe tribe.[2] He studied law in Australia and subsequently worked for the Regional Rights Resource Team NGO,[6] and as a public defender in the Marshall Islands.[7] He later worked as a lecturer in law at the University of the South Pacific.[7]

Political career[edit]

Aingimea ran for election to Parliament in the Meneng Constituency in 2013, but failed to be elected. Following the elections, he joined the new administration of President Baron Waqa as Secretary for Justice.[6][7]

After successfully contesting the Meneng seat in the 2016 elections, he was appointed Assistant Minister for Justice and Border Control in Waqa's government,[6] serving under Minister for Justice David Adeang. He was re-elected in the 2019 elections, which saw Waqa lose his seat. Following the elections, he was elected President by Parliament, defeating Adeang by twelve votes to six.[8]

After Russ Kun's election as president, on 28 September 2022, Aingimea began serving as Deputy Speaker under Speaker Marcus Stephen.[5]


  1. ^ All new Cabinet named by Nauru President Aingimea Loop Nauru, 29 August 2019
  2. ^ a b "Government Gazette 13th September 1965" (PDF). Administration of Nauru.
  3. ^ USP governance needs improvement: Aingimea Radio New Zealand, 3 July 2020
  4. ^ Lionel Aingimea is Nauru's 15th President Nauru Bulletin, 11 September 2019
  5. ^ a b "Pacific news in brief for September 28". RNZ. 2022-09-28. Retrieved 2022-09-28.
  6. ^ a b c Nauru Parliament picks lawyer Lionel Aingimea for president Deutsche Welle, 27 August 2019
  7. ^ a b c Lionel Rouwen Aingimea elected President of Nauru Archived 2019-08-28 at the Wayback Machine PMN News, 27 August 2019
  8. ^ Nauru's Parliament elects former human rights lawyer Lionel Aingimea as President ABC News, 27 August 2019