House of Assembly (Kiribati)

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House of Assembly

Maneaba ni Maungatabu
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Founded12 July 1979
Tangariki Reete (since 2020)
Seats45 members (44 elected + 1 nominated Member)
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Political groups
     Tobwaan Kiribati Party (18)

     Pillars of Truth (13)

     Kiribati First (13)
modified two-round system
Last election
14 April 2020 (first round)
Last election
22 April 2020 (second round)
Next election
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 45 members, 44 elected for a four-year term in 23 single-seat and multi-seat constituencies and 1 delegate from the Banaban community on Rabi Island in Fiji (chosen by the Rabi Council of Leaders).

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 Maneaba has a Speaker, elected by its members from outside Parliament, per section 71 of the Constitution.[1]

At the first parliamentary session following a general election, the Chief Justice presides over the Maneaba to take nominations for the office of Speaker. Voting is done by secret ballot, and a candidate must receive an absolute majority of votes cast to be elected. Should more than two candidates be nominated, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated after each round of voting until one candidate wins.[2]

The Speaker of the Maneaba does not have a vote on any matter. Should a vote result in a tie, the Speaker has to declare it as rejected.[2]

Following the dissolution of the legislature before elections, the Speaker remains in office. On the first day of a new session, the Speaker leaves office. The Maneaba may also pass a no-confidence vote against the Speaker to remove him from office.[2]

Along with the Chief Justice and Chairman of the Public Service Commission, the Speaker serves as a member of the Council of State, formed to continue carrying out the duties of government following a no-confidence vote against the President or Government.[2]

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  1. ^ "Constitution of Kiribati | Parliament of Kiribati". Archived from the original on 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Speaker – Maneaba ni Maungatabu". Retrieved 2019-02-27.

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