|The Right Honourable
|6th Governor-General of Tuvalu|
26 June 1998 – 9 September 2003
|Prime Minister||Bikenibeu Paeniu
Lagitupu Tuilimu (acting)
|Preceded by||Tulaga Manuella|
|Succeeded by||Faimalaga Luka|
|2nd Prime Minister of Tuvalu|
8 September 1981 – 16 October 1989
|Governor-General||Fiatau Penitala Teo
|Preceded by||Toaripi Lauti|
|Succeeded by||Bikenibeu Paeniu|
10 September 1938 |
Nanumanga, Gilbert and Ellice Islands
Sir Tomasi Puapua GCMG KBE PC (born 10 September 1938) is a political figure who represented Vaitupu in the Parliament of Tuvalu. He attended the Fiji School of Medicine and the Otago University Medical School. He is married to Riana Puapua.
He was the second Prime Minister of Tuvalu from 8 September 1981 to 16 October 1989. In a country which sees frequent changes among its head of government, Puapua is noted for having been the hitherto longest serving Prime Minister.
The first elections after independence will not held until 8 September 1981. 26 candidates contested the 12 seats. Dr. Tomasi Puapua, was elected as prime minister with a 7:5 majority over the group a members of parliament headed by former Prime Minister Toaripi Lauti. Tomasi Puapua was re-elected in the general election held on 12 September 1985 continued as Prime Minister,
Following the general election that was held on 25 November 1993 the members of parliament were evenly split in their support of the incumbent Prime Minister Bikenibeu Paeniu and Tomasi Puapua. As a consequence, the Governor-General dissolved the parliament on 22 September and a further election took place on 25 November 1993. The subsequent parliament elected Kamuta Latasi as prime minister on 10 December 1993.
Having exercised the senior executive office for many years, Puapua later served as Governor-General of Tuvalu as HM Queen Elizabeth II's representative from 1998-2003, which is a higher office in protocol terms, but is more ceremonial in nature.
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|Prime Minister of Tuvalu
Sir Tulaga Manuella
|Governor-General of Tuvalu