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 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).

Current Cabinet[edit]

Since March 2016, current President of Kiribati is Taneti Maamau. His cabinet includes Tebao Awerika and other politicians.

Previous Cabinets[edit]

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.[1]

Maurin Kiribati members who joined the government also joined the BTK party.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

In February 2014, Boutu Bateriki, the Minister for Labour (Maurin Kiribati), resigned after being charged with assaulting his former wife.[5] He was replaced by Martin Moreti.[6]

Tong Cabinet 2007-2011[edit]

As of June 2011:[7][8]

Portfolio Minister
President;
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Anote Tong
Vice President;
Minister for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives
Teima Onorio
Minister for Public Works and Infrastructure Kirabuke Teiaua
Minister for Education, Youth and Sports Toakai Koririntetaake
Minister for Communications, Transport and Tourism Temate Ereateiti
Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr. Kautu Tenaua
Minister for the Environment, Land and Agricultural Development Amberoti Nikora
Minister for the Interior and Social Affairs Kouraiti Beniato
Minister for Finance and Economic Development Natan Teewe
Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Taberannang Timeon
Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Taberannang Timeon
Minister for the Line and Phoenix Islands Tawita Temoku
Minister for Labour and Human Resources Ioteba Redfern
Attorney-General Titabu Tabane

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President Tong includes two women in his 11 member cabinet", Islands Business, 23 January 2012
  2. ^ Members of Parliament by party, Parliament of Kiribati, 10 April 2013
  3. ^ "Two Kiribati Cabinet Ministers go after allowance controversy", Radio New Zealand International, 14 October 2013
  4. ^ "Kiribati gets three new ministers", Radio New Zealand International, 15 October 2013
  5. ^ "Kiribati labour minister resigns", Radio New Zealand International, 14 February 2014
  6. ^ "Kiribati gets new labour minister", Radio New Zealand International, 21 February 2014
  7. ^ Kiribati: Cabinet, CIA World Factbook, 27 June 2011
  8. ^ "Kiribat: Composition du gouvernement", French Ministry of Foreign Affairs