Ionatana Ionatana

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The Right Honourable
Ionatana Ionatana
Prime Minister of Tuvalu
In office
27 April 1999 – 8 December 2000
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Tomasi Puapua
Preceded by Bikenibeu Paeniu
Succeeded by Lagitupu Tuilimu (acting)
Personal details
Born 15 November 1938
Funafuti, Gilbert and Ellice Islands
Died 8 December 2000(2000-12-08) (aged 62)
Funafuti, Tuvalu

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[edit]

In 1999 Ionatana succeeded Bikenibeu Paeniu as Prime Minister of Tuvalu. Among the prominent issues of his period of office, he oversaw Tuvalu's entry into the United Nations on September 5, 2000.


In the year 2000, as Prime Minister, Ionatana died in office, the first time this had occurred since Tuvalu became independent.

Preceded by
Bikenibeu Paeniu
Prime Minister of Tuvalu
Succeeded by
Lagitupu Tuilimu (acting)

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