Vassal Gadoengin

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Vassal Gadoengin

Member of the Nauruan Parliament
for Anetan
In office
February 10, 1997 – May 5, 2003
Preceded byRuby Dediya
Succeeded byMarcus Stephen
In office
October 23, 2004 – December 15, 2004
Preceded byRemy Namaduk
Succeeded byCyril Buramen
Personal details
Born(1943-05-01)1 May 1943
Died15 December 2004(2004-12-15) (aged 61)
NationalityNauru Nauruan

Vassal Abago Bagobagan Gadoengin (May 1, 1943 – December 15, 2004)[1] was a political figure from the Pacific nation of Nauru.


Vassal attended school in the United States. He attended Skagit Valley College, Mt. Vernon, Wa., in the late 1960s. He continued his education in Portland, Oregon in the early 1970s.

Before entering a political career, which he did not do until he was aged in his mid-50s, Gadoengin had been working as a teacher.

Political roles[edit]

Gadoengin was elected to parliament in 1997 winning the seat of Ruby Dediya and was re-elected in 2000. In 2003 he lost his seat to newcomer Marcus Stephen, but regained it after the 2004 snap elections.

Speaker of the Parliament of Nauru[edit]

He was appointed Speaker of the Parliament of Nauru and was serving in this office when he died. Gadoengin was succeeded as Speaker by Valdon Dowiyogo.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nauru's parliament speaker dies of a heart attack". Xinhua General News Service. 2004-12-16.
  2. ^ "Nauru elects a new Speaker". Radio New Zealand International. January 7, 2005. Retrieved November 26, 2011.