Kausea Natano

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The Honourable
Kausea Natano
Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu
In office
24 December 2010 – 2 August 2013
Prime Minister Willy Telavi
Preceded by Enele Sopoaga
Succeeded by Vete Sakaio
Minister of Public Utilities
In office
24 December 2010 – 2 August 2013
Prime Minister Willy Telavi
Preceded by Taukelina Finikaso
Succeeded by Vete Sakaio
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
25 July 2002
Serving with Kamuta Latasi
Preceded by Ionatana Ionatana
Teleke Lauti
Constituency Funafuti
Personal details
Political party Independent

Kausea Natano is a Tuvaluan politician. He currently serves as MP for Funafuti, having also served as the country's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Communications in former Prime Minister Willy Telavi's Cabinet.[1]

Political career[edit]

Natano has been elected multiple times to the Parliament of Tuvalu.

Before the 2006 election, he had been a member of the opposition, but with the changes in the parliament's membership, he had hopes of forming a new coalition of supporters.[2]

He was one of seven members re-elected in the 2006 election,[3] in which he received 340 votes.[4] He serves as MP for Funafuti, the country's capital, along with Kamuta Latasi, who was also re-elected in 2006.[3] Following the election, he was appointed Minister for Public Utilities and Industries in Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia's Cabinet.

He was re-elected to Parliament in the 2010 general election. He then stood for the premiership, and received seven votes from MPs, thus being narrowly defeated by Maatia Toafa, who received eight.[5] In December 2010, Toafa's government was ousted in a motion of no confidence, and Willy Telavi succeeded to the premiership.[6] Natano was among those who supported Telavi, enabling his accession. Upon appointing his Cabinet on December 24, Telavi appointed Natano as Minister for Communications.[7] He was also appointed Deputy Prime Minister.[8]

Following Prime Minister Telavi's removal by Governor General Sir Iakoba Italeli on 1 August 2013 in the context of a political crisis (Telavi had sought to govern without the support of Parliament), Natano and the rest of Cabinet were voted out of office a day later by Parliament, where the opposition now had a clear majority.[9]

Natano and Sir Kamuta Latasi were re-elected in the 2015 general election.


  1. ^ "Current Members (including Ministers and Private Members)". The Parliament of Tuvalu. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Tuvalu's new Government to be sworn in on 17 August, Pacific Islands Trade & Investment Commission NZ, 8 August 2008. Accessed 2008-09-25.
  3. ^ a b Election Results Bring Changes, Tuvalu News, 3 August 2006. Accessed 2008-09-25.
  4. ^ ELECTION RESULTS FOR THE FUNAFUTI CONSTITUENCY, Tuvalu News, 16 August 2006. Accessed 2008-09-25.
  5. ^ "New Prime Minister for Tuvalu". Australia Network. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  6. ^ "Willie Telavi the new prime minister in Tuvalu". Radio New Zealand International. 24 December 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Island declares emergency rule", Associated Press, January 15, 2011
  8. ^ "Composition du gouvernement des îles Tuvalu", French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, 23 September 2011
  9. ^ "Tuvalu opposition votes out government", Radio New Zealand International, 2 August 2013

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