Kausea Natano

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Kausea Natano

13th Prime Minister of Tuvalu
Assumed office
19 September 2019
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralSir Iakoba Italeli
Preceded byEnele Sopoaga
Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu
In office
24 December 2010 – 2 August 2013
Prime MinisterWilly Telavi
Preceded byEnele Sopoaga
Succeeded byVete Sakaio
Minister of Public Utilities
In office
24 December 2010 – 2 August 2013
Prime MinisterWilly Telavi
Preceded byTaukelina Finikaso
Succeeded byVete Sakaio
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
25 July 2002
Preceded byIonatana Ionatana
Teleke Lauti
Personal details
Political partyIndependent

Kausea Natano is a Tuvaluan politician who is serving as the 13th Prime Minister of Tuvalu, in office since 19 September 2019. He is also serving as an 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]

Before entering politics, Natano was Director of Customs of Tuvalu, and also served as assistant secretary in the ministry of finance and economic planning.[2]

Following the 2019 Tuvaluan general election, on 19 September 2019, the members of parliament elected Natano as prime minister with a 10-6 majority.[3][4][5][6]

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.[7]

He was one of seven members re-elected in the 2006 election,[8] in which he received 340 votes.[9] He serves as MP for Funafuti, the country's capital, along with Kamuta Latasi, who was also re-elected in 2006.[8] 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.[10] In December 2010, Toafa's government was ousted in a motion of no confidence, and Willy Telavi succeeded to the premiership.[11] Natano was among those who supported Telavi, enabling his accession. Upon appointing his Cabinet on December 24, Telavi appointed Natano as Minister for Communications.[12] He was also appointed Deputy Prime Minister.[13]

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.[14]

Natano was re-elected in the 2015 general election.

He was re-elected in the 2019 general election.[15]


  1. ^ "Current Members (including Ministers and Private Members)". The Parliament of Tuvalu. Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Tuvalu has elected a new Prime Minister - Hon. Kausea Natano". Fiji Sun. 20 September 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Tuvalu has elected a new Prime Minister - Hon. Kausea Natano". 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  4. ^ Evan Wasuka & Alan Weedon (19 September 2019). "Pacific climate change champion Enele Sopoaga is no longer Tuvalu's PM — so who's next in?". Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Kausea Natano new PM of Tuvalu; Sopoaga ousted". 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  6. ^ Colin Packham & Jonathan Barrett (19 September 2019). "Tuvalu changes PM, adds to concerns over backing for Taiwan in Pacific". Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  7. ^ Tuvalu's new Government to be sworn in on 17 August, Pacific Islands Trade & Investment Commission NZ, 8 August 2008. Accessed 2008-09-25.
  8. ^ a b Election Results Bring Changes Archived 2008-10-19 at the Wayback Machine, Tuvalu News, 3 August 2006. Accessed 2008-09-25.
  9. ^ ELECTION RESULTS FOR THE FUNAFUTI CONSTITUENCY Archived 2013-03-01 at the Wayback Machine, Tuvalu News, 16 August 2006. Accessed 2008-09-25.
  10. ^ "New Prime Minister for Tuvalu". Australia Network. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  11. ^ "Willie Telavi the new prime minister in Tuvalu". Radio New Zealand International. 24 December 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Island declares emergency rule", Associated Press, January 15, 2011
  13. ^ "Composition du gouvernement des îles Tuvalu", French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, 23 September 2011
  14. ^ "Tuvalu opposition votes out government", Radio New Zealand International, 2 August 2013
  15. ^ Tahana, Jamie (10 September 2019). "Tuvalu elections: large turnover for new parliament". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 10 September 2019.

See also[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Enele Sopoaga
Prime Minister of Tuvalu