Teburoro Tito

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Teburoro Tito
Permanent Representative of Kiribati to the United Nations
Assumed office
13 September 2017
PresidentTaneti Mamau
3rd President of Kiribati
In office
1 October 1994 – 28 March 2003
Vice PresidentTewareka Tentoa
Beniamina Tinga
Preceded byAta Teaotai (acting)
Succeeded byTion Otang (acting)
Personal details
BornAugust 25, 1953 (1953-08-25) (age 66)
Tabiteuea, Gilbert Islands
(now Kiribati)
Political partyChristian Democratic Party
Protect the Maneaba
Spouse(s)Keina Tito

Teburoro Tito (modern spelling Tiito, pronounced Seetoh) (Tabiteuea, Gilbert Islands August 25, 1953) is a Kiribatian politician who served as the President and foreign minister of Kiribati from October 1, 1994 to March 28, 2003. He was elected for the first time in 1994. He was reelected in 1998 with 52% of the vote. His main opponent was Harry Tong, who later ran against his brother, former President Anote Tong. Tito was reelected again in February 2003 with 50.4% of the vote. His main opponent was Taberannang Timeon. Tito, however, was deposed by the Parliament in a no confidence vote just one month after his reelection. One of the main reasons for his ejection was his decision to lease an ATR-72-500 aircraft at the government's expense; within six months this lease chewed up eight million USD.[1]

President Tito, through his speeches at the UN, interviews with international news media and his active participation at International Climate conferences, began the process of highlighting the detrimental effects of global warming on his and other South Pacific island nations.

He also brought his country into the limelight during the 2000 Millennium festivities, by causing it to be the first country to "see tomorrow," after moving the international date line in 1995.


  1. ^ "Why Kiribati's Switching Alliance". In just six months of flying, the lease chewed up A$8 million worth of public money, prompting Tong in his first few days of taking up office last September to issue an ultimatum to the carrier: break even or close down. Retrieved 2007-01-26.[permanent dead link]