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Apisai Ielemia

Assumed office 
14 August 2006
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Filoimea Telito
Preceded by Maatia Toafa
Constituency Vaitupu

Born August 19, 1955
Spouse(s) Sikinala Ielemia[1]

Apisai Ielemia (born August 19, 1955) is a Tuvaluan politician. He has been Prime Minister of Tuvalu since 2006.



Ielemia was elected to serve in the Parliament of Tuvalu by the constituency of Vaitupu on a non-partisan basis: his lack of alignment is not unusual in the politics of Tuvalu, since political parties have not emerged in the country.

Prime Minister of Tuvalu

In general elections held on August 3, 2006 prime minister Maatia Toafa's government was defeated and opposition MP Ielemia was approved by the new parliament on August 14 to become the new prime minister. He also became foreign minister.

Ielemia has continued Tuvalu's pursuit of close relations with Republic of China, and in December 2007 visited that country, when various bilateral issued were addressed.


Prospects for stability

In a country which had in recent years seen frequent changes of government through the use of the Parliamentary no confidence device, Ielemia's government, in office since 2006, seemed at the beginning of 2009 to offer somewhat of a rarity: the prospect of a government of Tuvalu running somewhat of its full course. Prior to Ielemia's appointment as Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the average length of Prime Ministerial terms of office had been cosiderably shorter; this experience served as an indicator of the relative stability of his government, and by extension, the underlying parliamentary system which supported it.

Government Members

As of September 2006, the government of Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia consisted of the following members [1]


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Preceded by
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