|The Right Honourable
|Prime Minister of Tuvalu|
27 April 1999 – 8 December 2000
|Governor General||Tomasi Puapua|
|Preceded by||Bikenibeu Paeniu|
|Succeeded by||Lagitupu Tuilimu (acting)|
|Born||15 November 1938
Funafuti, Gilbert and Ellice Islands
|Died||8 December 2000
Ionatana Ionatana, CVO, OBE (November 15, 1938 – December 8, 2000), was a political figure from the Pacific nation of Tuvalu. He was the fifth Prime Minister of Tuvalu from 27 April 1999 to his death on 8 December 2000.
Ionatana served in the country's Parliament from Tuvalu's independence in 1978 until his death. He held many portfolios during his political career, including government secretary, Minister of Education, and Minister of Works and Communications. Ionatana was somewhat noted for his republican leanings.
Prime Minister of Tuvalu
In the year 2000, as Prime Minister, Ionatana died in office, the first time this had occurred since Tuvalu became independent.
|Prime Minister of Tuvalu
Lagitupu Tuilimu (acting)
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