House of Assembly (Kiribati)

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House of Assembly
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Founded July 12, 1979
Seats 46 members
Political groups
    Pillars of Truth
    Maurin Kiribati Party
Protect the Maneaba
Last election
August 22, 2007
Last election
August 30, 2007 (second round)
Meeting place
Ambo, South Tarawa
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The House of Assembly (official constitutional name: Maneaba ni Maungatabu or "supreme maneaba") of Kiribati has 46 members, 44 elected for a four-year term in single-seat and multi-seat constituencies, 1 delegate from Banaba Island and 1 ex officio member (the Attorney General).

Created by the Constitution of 12 July 1979, its seat has been at Ambo on South Tarawa since October 2000. From 1979 to 2000, it was at Bairiki.

The current Kiribati Electoral Commissioner is Rine Ueara. The Kiribati voters last went to the polls on 22 August 2007 (and 30 August for the second round) to elect 44 MPs in 23 electoral districts.

The House of Assembly has a Speaker, elected by its members from outside Parliament, per article 71 of the Constitution.


Name Period
Hon. Rota Onorio 1979 - 1982
Hon. Matita Taniera 1982 - 1987
Hon. Beretitara Neeti 1987 - 1994
Hon. Tekiree Tamuera 1994 - 2002
Hon. Taomati Iuta 2003
Hon. Etera Teangana 2003 - 2007
Hon. Taomati Iuta 2007 -

e • d Summary of the 22 August and 30 August 2007 House of Assembly of Kiribati election results
Parties Seats
1st round 2nd round Total
Independents 6 13 19
Pillars of Truth (Boutokanto Koaava) 10 8 18
Protect the Maneaba (Maneaban Te Mauri) 2 5 7
Representative of Banabans of Rabi Island 1
Member ex officio 1
Total (turnout ? %) 18 26 46
Source: IPU

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Coordinates: 1°21′01″N 173°02′20″E / 1.35028°N 173.03889°E / 1.35028; 173.03889