Baron Waqa
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Baron Waqa
Baron Waqa
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14th President of Nauru

11 June 2013 - 27 August 2019
DeputyDavid Adeang
Sprent Dabwido
Lionel Aingimea
Minister of Education

22 June 2004 - 17 December 2007
PresidentLudwig Scotty
Marcus Stephen
Roland Kun

29 May 2003 - 8 August 2003
PresidentLudwig Scotty
Remy Namaduk
Marcus Stephen
Member of the Nauruan Parliament
for Boe

3 May 2003 - 27 August 2019
Ross Cain
Martin Hunt
Personal details
Baron Divavesi Waqa

(1959-12-31) December 31, 1959 (age 60)
Boe, Nauru
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Louisa Waqa

Baron Divavesi Waqa (; born 31 December 1959) is a Nauruan politician who was the 14th President of Nauru from 11 June 2013 until 27 August 2019. He previously served as Minister of Adult Education from 2004 to 2007.

Political role

Waqa was elected in the May 2003 elections to the Parliament of Nauru, representing the constituency of Boe. Under President Ludwig Scotty, he served as Minister of the Interior and of Education; however, he had to leave the post upon Scotty's replacement by René Harris. He kept his seat in Parliament.

On 23 April 2004, Waqa and his colleagues Kieren Keke, David Adeang and Fabian Ribauw participated in protests at the Nauru International Airport in Yaren; these were meant to show displeasure regarding government policy against Afghan asylum-seekers in Australia and the Flotilla of Hope, as well as against the deadlock then encountered in Parliament. All four faced up to fourteen years in jail because of their participation in the protest; charges were dropped, however, upon Scotty's re-ascension the following June. Scotty once again appointed Waqa to be Minister of Education.[1]

Waqa remained loyal to his Administration during the ministerial crisis which occurred in 2007. Consequently, Waqa was not invited to serve in the subsequent Administration of President Marcus Stephen which later took office.

Waqa was elected president in June, defeating former Finance Minister and opposition nominee Roland Kun by a vote of 13 to 5. He was chosen by the government faction after President Dabwido stepped aside to allow for Waqa's election so that government members could remain in power.[2][3]

In January 2014, he survived a vote of confidence over his deportation of the Australian resident magistrate Peter Law and the cancelling of the visa of the Chief Justice Geoffrey Eames, also an Australian national.[4] The government also sought to draft an emergency rule law with the help of Fijian lawyers.[5] It followed the dismissal of the parliamentary counsel Katy Le Roy and the subsequent resignation of the Solicitor-General Steven Bliim, both of whom were Australian. Home Minister Charmaine Scotty said this was symptomatic of a "system of cronyism" operated by Australian expatriates who he said were in league with the opposition.[6]

In 2019 Nauruan parliamentary election he lost his parliamentary seat and his bid to be re-elected in the office.[7]

Honors and awards

Personal life

Baron Waqa is married to Louisa Waqa. They have adopted one child together, named Barron Stephenson.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "New president for Nauru". Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Baron Waqa named as new Nauru president". Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Waqa elected Nauru president". Radio New Zealand. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "No confidence motion in Nauru fails". Radio New Zealand. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Aussies out!". The Economist. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Nauru President Baron Waqa loses bid for re-election
  8. ^ Wen, Kuei-hsiang; Kao, Evelyn (25 March 2019). "Nauru parliament passes resolution to reject 'one China' principle". Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Fiji President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to make state visit to Nauru". The Government of the Republic of Nauru. February 13, 2014. Archived from the original on August 5, 2018. Retrieved 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sprent Dabwido
President of Nauru
Succeeded by
Lionel Aingimea

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