President of Kiribati

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President of the Republic of Kiribati
Taneti Mamau.jpg
Incumbent
Taneti Maamau

since 11 March 2016
Term lengthFour years, renewable twice
Inaugural holderIeremia Tabai
Formation12 July 1979
DeputyVice President of Kiribati
SalaryAUD 17,900 annually[1]

The president of Kiribati (Beretitenti in Gilbertese[2]) is the head of state and head of government of Kiribati.[3][4]

Following a general election, by which citizens elect the members of the House of Assembly, members select from their midst "not less than 3 nor more than 4 candidates" for the presidency. No other person may stand as candidate. The citizens of Kiribati then elect the president from among the proposed candidates with first-past-the-post voting.[5]

The Presidential residence, former Government House, Bairiki.

List of presidents[edit]

# Portrait Incumbent
(Birth-Death)
Tenure Political Affiliation Vice President
Took Office Left Office
1 Ieremia Tabai.png Ieremia Tabai
(born 1949)
12 July 1979 10 December 1982 National Progressive Party Teatao Teannaki
- Coat of arms of Kiribati.svg Rota Onorio
(1919–2004)
10 December 1982 18 February 1983 Non-partisan
2 Ieremia Tabai.png Ieremia Tabai
(born 1949)
18 February 1983 4 July 1991 National Progressive Party Teatao Teannaki
3 Teatao Teannaki 01.svg Teatao Teannaki
(1936–2016)
4 July 1991 24 May 1994 National Progressive Party Taomati Iuta
Coat of arms of Kiribati.svg Tekiree Tamuera
(born 1940)
24 May 1994 28 May 1994 Non-partisan
Coat of arms of Kiribati.svg Ata Teaotai
(born 19??)
28 May 1994 1 October 1994 Non-partisan
4 Teburoro Tito in Maldives (cropped).jpg Teburoro Tito
(born 1952)
1 October 1994 28 March 2003 Christian Democratic Party (Maneaban te Mauri) /
Protect the Maneaba (Maneaban te Mauri)
Tewareka Tentoa (1994–2000)
Beniamina Tinga (2000–2002)
Coat of arms of Kiribati.svg Tion Otang
(born 19??)
28 March 2003 10 July 2003 Non-partisan
5 Anote Tong (1) (cropped).jpg Anote Tong
(born 1952)
10 July 2003 11 March 2016 Pillars of Truth (Boutokaan te Koaua) Teima Onorio
6 Taneti Mamau.jpg Taneti Maamau
(born 1960)
11 March 2016 present Tobwaan Kiribati Party Kourabi Nenem (2016–2019)
Teuea Toatu (2019)

The highest rank of the Kiribati Scout Association is the President's Award.

Latest election[edit]

2020 election[edit]

The official results were declared on 23 June 2020 by Chief Justice John Muria at the Ministry of Justice headquarters in South Tarawa. Maamau won the election with 59% of the vote, receiving a majority in 16 of the 23 constituencies, while Berina finished first in seven constituencies.[6][7]

Candidate Party Votes %
Taneti Maamau Tobwaan Kiribati 26,053 59.32
Banuera Berina Boutokaan Kiribati Moa 17,866 40.68
Invalid/blank votes 112
Total 44,031 100
Registered voters/turnout 55,268 79.67
Source: Ministry of Justice

2016 election[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Taneti Maamau Tobwaan Kiribati Party 19,833 59.96
Rimeta Beniamina Pillars of Truth 12,764 38.59
Tianeti Ioane Pillars of Truth 482 1.46
Invalid/blank votes 168
Total 33,247 100
Registered voters/turnout
Source: Pina

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Salaries and Allowances of Members of the Maneaba ni Maungatabu and Salaries Tribunal Act - 2002 Consolidated Edition" (PDF). www.paclii.org.
  2. ^ Constitution of Kiribati Archived 2009-04-16 at the Wayback Machine, art. 30 (1)
  3. ^ Constitution of Kiribati], art. 30 (2)
  4. ^ "Historical Information on Members of the Parliament of Kiribati" Archived 2007-11-01 at the Wayback Machine, Kiribati Parliament website
  5. ^ Constitution of Kiribati], art. 32
  6. ^ Association, Pacific Islands News. "Kiribati President Taneti Maamau to be sworn in Wednesday". www.pina.com.fj. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  7. ^ Pala, Christopher (2020-06-23). "Boost for Beijing: pro-China president wins re-election in Kiribati". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-06-23.