Godfrey Thoma

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Godfrey Thoma

Speaker of Parliament
In office
25 April 2013 – 11 June 2013
Preceded byLudwig Scotty
Succeeded byLudwig Scotty
In office
13 May 2010 – 18 May 2010
Preceded byRiddell Akua
Succeeded byDominic Tabuna
In office
6 May 2003 – 7 May 2003
Preceded byLudwig Scotty
Succeeded byFabian Ribauw
Personal details
Born (1957-01-22) 22 January 1957 (age 62)
NationalityNauru Nauruan

Godfrey Awaire Thoma (born 22 January 1957) is a Nauruan politician.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Thoma started his first term in the parliament after being elected in 1995, ousting Theodore Moses after only three years. He had been subsequently re-elected to parliament until 2007, when he lost his seat to newcomer Dantes Tsitsi.

Second term[edit]

Following the parliament's dissolution in 2008 after President Marcus Stephen had declared a state of emergency, Thoma was re-elected to parliament to serve a second term for the Aiwo Constituency, ending the 31-year parliamentary term of former president René Harris who died just two months later.

He retained his seat in the 2010 parliamentary election.[1]

Thoma was defeated in the 2013 election.

Minister of Justice and Speaker of the Parliament of Nauru[edit]

Thoma served as Minister of Justice in the administrations of René Harris and Ludwig Scotty.

In May 2003 he was elected Speaker of Parliament, but resigned just one day later. Following the 2010 parliamentary election, he was again elected Speaker.[2] Elected on 13 May, he resigned on 18 May, to prevent President Marcus Stephen from forming a government.[3] Thoma was elected as speaker for a third time on 25 April 2013 after the previous speaker, Ludwig Scotty resigned after a period of parliamentary deadlock and tension between the government and the opposition.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Nauru election returns previous parliament unchanged". Radio New Zealand International. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Political standoff ends with speaker's election in Nauru", ABC Radio Australia, 13 May 2010
  3. ^ "Nauru parliament's speaker quits", Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 18 May 2010