Cabinet of Kiribati

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The Cabinet of Kiribati is the cabinet (executive branch) of the government of the Republic of Kiribati.

The initial text of the Constitution of Kiribati (art.40) specifies that the Cabinet "shall consist of the Beretitenti, the Kauoman-ni-Beretitenti and not more than 10 other Ministers, and the Attorney-General". Members of the Cabinet are appointed by the President, from among Members of Parliament (art.41). Since October 2016, a change of the Constitution text allows more than 10 ministries and retires the Attorney General from the Cabinet.

All ministries but one are headquartered in South Tarawa, from Betio to Bikenibeu. The Ministry of Line and Phoenix Islands Development is situated in London, Kiribati on Kiritimati.

Current Cabinet[edit]

The current Cabinet consists of the following Ministers:

Cabinet of Kiribati (since 2 July 2020)
Office Officeholder
Beretitenti and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Taneti Maamau
Vice President and Minister of Finance and Economic Development Dr Teuea Toatu
Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy (MISE) Willie Tokataake
Minister of Education Alexander Teabo
(sworn-in on 10 July 2020)
Minister of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development (MELAD) Ruateki Tekaiara
Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development Ribanataake Tiwau
Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Tinte Itinteang
Minister of Internal Affairs (MIA) Boutu Bateriki
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives (MCIC) Booti Nauan
Minister for Women, Youth, Sports and Social Affairs (MWYSSA) Martin Moreti
Minister of Employment and Human Resources (MEHR) Taabeta Teakai
Minister for Line and Phoenix Islands Development Mikarite Temari
(sworn-in on 6 August 2020)
Minister of Justice (MOJ) Tarakabu Tofinga
(sworn-in on 16 July 2020)
Minister of Information, Communications, Transport and Tourism Development (MICTTD) Tekeeua Tarati
(sworn-in on 11 July 2020)

The first nine ministers sworn-in on 2 July 2020 at the State House in Bairiki (South Tarawa) and include Dr Teuea Toatu, Willie Tokataake, Ruateki Tekaiara, Ribanataake Awira, Dr Tinte Itinteang, Boutu Bateriki, Booti Nauan, Martin Moreti and Taabeta Teakaiao.

The remaining four ministers who was stranded in the outer islands, at their respective island, which include Alexander Teabo, Tarakabu Tofinga, Tekeeua Tarati and Mikarite Temari, will be sworn later.[1]

Previous cabinets[edit]

From March 2016 to April 2020, President of Kiribati is Taneti Maamau. His first cabinet includes Alexander Teabo and other politicians.[2]

Portfolio Minister
Beretitenti (President);
Office of Beretitenti;
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration;
Minister for the Public Service Office,
MET, Housing,
and the Kiribati Police Service
His Excellency Taneti Maamau
Kauoman ni Beretitenti (Vice President);
Minister for Finance and Economic Development
Honourable Dr Teuea Toatu (from June 2019)
Minister for Internal Affairs, then Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives Honourable Mr Atarake Nataara
Minister for Information, Communications, Transport and Tourism Development Honourable Mr Willie Tokataake
Minister for Women, Youth and Social Affairs, then Education Honourable Mr David Collins, then Kourabi Nenem (2018), then from June 2019, Taoaba Kaiea[3]
Minister for Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development Tebao Awerika, then Honourable Mr Alexander Teabo
Minister for Public Works and Utilities, then Women, Youth and Sports Honourable Mr Kourabi Nenem (until June 2019)
Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Development Honourable Mr Tetabo Nakara
Minister of Health and Medical Services Honourable Mr Kobebe Taitai, then Tauanei Marea
Minister for Internal Affairs Honourable Mr Kobebe Taitai (from 2018)
Minister of Justice
(newly created Ministry by Maamau's administration)
Honourable Mr Natan Teewe (from October 2016, before Attorney-General), then from November 2019, James Taom
Minister for Employment and Human Resource Honourable Mr Ioteba Redfern (from October 2016)
Minister for Line and Phoenix Islands Development Honourable Mr Mikarite Temari
Minister for Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Honourable Mr Ruateki Tekaiara

[4]

3rd Tong Cabinet 2011-2016[edit]

Following his re-election as president in January 2012, Anote Tong appointed the following Cabinet. Several of his previous ministers having lost their seat in the October 2011 parliamentary elections, he sought and obtained the support of newly elected MPs, notably from the Opposition Maurin Kiribati party.[5]

Maurin Kiribati members who joined the government also joined the BTK party.[6] Party keys below indicate each minister's initial affiliation following the 2012 election.

Party key Boutokaan Te Koaua
Maurin Kiribati Party
Portfolio Minister
Beretitenti (President);
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration;
also Minister responsible for the Public Service Office and the Kiribati Police Service
His Excellency Anote Tong
Kauoman ni Beretitenti (Vice President);
Minister for Internal and Social Affairs
Honourable Ms Teima Onorio
Minister for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives Honourable Mr Pinto Katia
Minister for Communications, Transport and Tourism Development Honourable Mr Taberannang Timeon
Minister for Education Honourable Ms Maere Tekanene
Minister for Environment, Land and Agricultural Development Honourable Mr Tiarite Kwong
Minister for Finance and Economic Development Honourable Mr Tom Murdoch
Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resource Development Honourable Mr Tinian Reiher
Minister for Health and Medical Services Honourable Dr Kautu Tenaua
Minister for Labour and Human Resources Development Honourable Mr Boutu Bateriki
Minister for Line and Phoenix Islands Development Honourable Mr Tawita Temoku
Minister for Public Works and Utilities Honourable Mr Kirabuke Teiaua
Attorney-General Honourable Mr Titabu Tabane

In October 2013, two ministers -Communications, transport and tourism Minister Taberannang Timeon and Public works and energy Minister Kirabuke Teiaua- resigned, after revelations that they had received excessive allowance payments, and amidst calls that they be sacked for misconduct.[7] They were replaced by Rimeta Beniamina and Waysang Kum Kee. Additionally, Tangariki Reete was appointed to the newly created position of Minister for Women, Youth and Social Affairs.[8]

In February 2014, Boutu Bateriki, the Minister for Labour (Maurin Kiribati), resigned after being charged with assaulting his former wife.[9] He was replaced by Martin Moreti.[10]

2nd Tong Cabinet 2007-2011[edit]

As of June 2011:[11][12]

Portfolio Minister
President;
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration
Anote Tong
Vice President;
Minister for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives
Teima Onorio (Arorae)
Minister for Public Works and Utilities / Public Works and Infrastructure Kouraiti Beniato (Onotoa) then Kirabuke Teiaua (Beru)
Minister for Education, Youth and Sports James Taom (Makin), then Toakai Koririntetaake (Butaritari)
Minister for Communications, Transport and Tourism Development Patrick Tatireta then Temate Ereateiti (Marakei)
Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr. Kautu Tenaua (Abaiang)
Minister for the Environment, Land and Agricultural Development Tetabo Nakara (Beru) then Amberoti Nikora (Aranuka)
Minister for the Interior and Social Affairs Amberoti Nikora (Aranuka), then Kouraiti Beniato (Onotoa)
Minister for Finance and Economic Development Natan Teewe (Abemama)
Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Taberannang Timeon (Tabiteuea-Meang)
Minister for the Line and Phoenix Islands Tawita Temoku (Kiritimati)
Minister for Labour and Human Resources Ioteba Redfern (Betio)
Attorney-General Titabu Tabane

1st Tong cabinet[edit]

2003–2007.

2nd Tito cabinet[edit]

In March 2002.

1st Tito cabinet[edit]

Cabinet Ministers 1994-1998:

  • Tewareka Tentoa, VP and HA & RD
  • Hon. Kataotika Tekee (North Tarawa), Health, Family Planning and SW
  • Hon. Manraoi Kaiea (Marakei), Transport C Tourism
  • Hon. Emile Schutz (Abaiang), Works & Energy
  • Hon. Tanieru Awerika (Arorae), CI Employment
  • Hon. Beniamina Tinga (Nikunau), Finance & Economic Planning
  • Hon. Anote Tong (Maiana), Environment & Natural Rural Development
  • Hon. Willie Tokataake (Abemama), Education, Science and Technology
  • Hon. Teiraoi Tetabea (Betio), Line and Phoenix Islands Development
  • Hon. Tiim Taekiti (Butaritari)
  • Hon. Timbo Keariki (Kiritimati)
  • Hon. Tewareka Boorau (Beru)
  • Hon. Michael N. Takabwebwe, Attorney General, ex-officio.

Teannaki cabinet[edit]

Cabinet announced on 8 June 1991.

3rd Tabai cabinet[edit]

1987–1991.

  • Hon. Ieremia Tabai, Beretitenti and Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Hon. Teatao Teannaki, Vice-President and Minister of Finance and Economic Development
  • Hon. Babera Kirata (Onotoa) for Home and Decentralisation
  • Hon. Raion Bataroma (Arorae) for Trade, Industry and Labour, resigned 1990
  • Hon. Ataraoti Bwebwenibure (Marakei) for Education
  • Hon. Baitika Toum (North Tarawa) for World and Energy
  • Hon. Boanareke Boanareke (Tamana)
  • Hon. Rotaria Ataia (Maiana) for Health and Family Planning
  • Hon. Taomati Iuta (Beru) for Natural Resource Development
  • Hon. Tiwau Awira (Nikunau)
  • Hon. Uera Rabaua (Butaritari) for Communications
  • Hon. Ieruru Karotu (Aranuka) (deceased 15 February 1990), then Tekinaiti Kateie, (Abemama) for the Line and Phoenix Group of Islands.
  • Hon. Michael N. Takabwebwe, Attorney General.

3rd Tabai cabinet[edit]

  • Hon. Babera Kirata, OBE (Onotoa)
  • Hon. Baitika Toum (North Tarawa)
  • Hon. Binata Tetaeka (Makin)
  • Hon. Boanareke Boanareke (Tamana)
  • Hon. Taomati Iuta (Beru)
  • Hon. Teewe Arobati (Abemama)
  • Hon. Tiwau Awira (Nikunau)
  • Hon. Uera Rabaua (Butaritari)
  • Hon. Michael N. Takabwebwe, Attorney General, ex-officio.

2nd Tabai cabinet[edit]

1982. Cabinet Ministers 1982:

1st Tabai cabinet[edit]

1979–1982. The following government was announced on 20 July 1979:[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Kiribati Current Ministers, Parliament of Kiribati, 30 April 2018
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Initial composition on March 2016: Beretitenti, Taneti MAAMAU Vice-Pres. Kourabi NENEM Min. for Commerce, Industry, & Cooperatives Tananei Marea Min. for Communications, Transport, & Tourism Development Willie TOKATAAKE Min. for Education Alexander TEABO Min. for Environment, Lands, & Agricultural Development Tebao AWERIKA Min. for Finance & Economic Development Dr Teuea TOATU Min. for Fisheries & Marine Resources Development Tetabo NAKARA Min. for Health & Medical Services Kobebe TETAUA Min. for Internal Affairs Atarake NATARA Min. for Labor & Human Resource Development Ruateki TEKAIARA Min. for the Line & Phoenix Islands Development Mikarite TEMARI Min. for Public Works & Utilities Kourabi Nenem Min. for Women, Youth, & Social Affairs David COLLINS Attorney Gen. Natan Teewe Brechtefeld.
  5. ^ "President Tong includes two women in his 11 member cabinet", Islands Business, 23 January 2012
  6. ^ Members of Parliament by party Archived 2015-03-20 at the Wayback Machine, Parliament of Kiribati, 10 April 2013
  7. ^ "Two Kiribati Cabinet Ministers go after allowance controversy" Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine, Radio New Zealand International, 14 October 2013
  8. ^ "Kiribati gets three new ministers", Radio New Zealand International, 15 October 2013
  9. ^ "Kiribati labour minister resigns", Radio New Zealand International, 14 February 2014
  10. ^ "Kiribati gets new labour minister", Radio New Zealand International, 21 February 2014
  11. ^ Kiribati: Cabinet Archived 2009-05-06 at the Wayback Machine, CIA World Factbook, 27 June 2011
  12. ^ "Kiribat: Composition du gouvernement", French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  13. ^ [3]