Kenas Aroi

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The Honourable
Kenas Aroi
Member of the Nauruan Parliament
for Boe
In office
January 31, 1968 – January 22, 1991
Preceded by New title
Succeeded by Detonga Deiye
President of Nauru
In office
17 August 1989 – 12 December 1989
Preceded by Hammer DeRoburt
Succeeded by Bernard Dowiyogo
Personal details
Born 17 April 1942
Died 22 January 1991 (1991-01-23) (aged 48)
Nationality Nauru Nauruan
Spouse(s) Millicent Aroi
Children Michael Aroi, a.o.

Kenas Aroi (17 April 1942 – 22 January 1991) was a Nauruan political figure. He was President of the Republic of Nauru from 17 August to 12 December 1989.


Aroi was a member of the Parliament of Nauru, and was finance minister under Kennan Adeang. Before he became president, Aroi was involved in the Nauru Phosphate Corporation.

President of Nauru[edit]

With support from Kennan Adeang, as Hammer DeRoburt was caught in a military situation, Aroi became president on 17 August 1989. Adeang then became finance minister. During his period of Presidential office Aroi experienced health problems and after a stroke in November 1989 he did not run in the elections in December of that year. He was succeeded on 12 December 1989 by Bernard Dowiyogo.[1]


Kenas Aroi died in January 1991.[1] His widow, Millicent Aroi, is Nauru's High Commissioner to Fiji, and is a composer.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Stuart Inder, Nauru, The Contemporary Pacific, Spring 1992