Teatao Teannaki

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Teatao Teannaki
Speaker of the House of Assembly
In office
5 February 2016 – 11 October 2016
Preceded by Taomati Iuta
Succeeded by ?
President of Kiribati
In office
4 July 1991 – 24 May 1994
Vice President Taomati Iuta
Preceded by Ieremia Tabai
Succeeded by Tekiree Tamuera (acting)
Vice President of Kiribati
In office
12 July 1979 – 4 July 1991
President Ieremia Tabai
Rota Onorio (acting)
Ieremia Tabai
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Tekiree Tamuera (acting)
Personal details
Born 1936
Died 11 October 2016(2016-10-11) (aged 79–80)
Betio, South Tarawa, Kiribati
Political party National Progressive Party

Teatao Teannaki (1935/1936 – 11 October 2016) was an I-Kiribati political figure who served as President of Kiribati from 1991 until 1994.

He was first elected to represent Abaiang in the House of Assembly of Kiribati. Later, beginning in 1979, he served as Vice President under Ieremia Tabai. He would also serve as the Minister of Home Affairs in 1987, and as Minister of Finance from 1987 to 1991.

He was narrowly elected to replace Tabai as the President of Kiribati on behalf of the National Progressive Party of Kiribati from 8 July 1991 until 1 October 1994. It is said that Tabai continued to exert political influence in the Kiribati government throughout Teannaki's term. Teannaki also served as Foreign Minister beginning in 1992.

He was succeeded by Teburoro Tito after defeat in a September 1994 election.

Teannaki was at the helm of the National Progressive Party as of July 2015. Tennaki died following a heart attack on 11 October 2016.[1] at the age of 80.[2]


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