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Toke Talagi

Assumed office 
June 19, 2008 - Present
Preceded by Young Vivian

Political party none
Spouse(s) Fifitaloa Talagi

Toke Tufukia Talagi[1] is the current premier of Niue. He was elected premier by the Niue Assembly in June 19, 2008, defeating the standing premier Young Vivian by fourteen votes to five, with one abstaining.[2] [3]

Talagi has been, at various times, deputy prime minister[4], minister of Finance[5], and minister of Education[6]. Elected to the national Assembly in 2002, he obtained the same number of votes as an opponent in the 2005 election, and retained his seat only thanks to a favourable random draw to designate a winner.[5] He was re-elected easily in 2008.[7]

There are no political parties in Niue; Talagi is therefore an independent.

Talagi is also president of the Niue Rugby Union.[8]

In 2008, he was elected chair of the Pacific Islands Forum.[9] In May 2009, Talagi co-chaired the 5th Pacific Alliance Leaders Meeting (PALM) with then Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso in Hokkaido.[10]


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  1. ^ "Results Of Inaugural EU, Pacific Islands Forum", joint press statement issued by the European Union and the Pacific Islands Forum, September 19, 2008
  2. ^ "Talagi declared new Niue premier", ABC Radio Australia, June 19, 2008
  3. ^ "Niue parliament elects Toke Talagi as new premier", Radio New Zealand International, June 19, 2008
  4. ^ "Building Small Island Capacity to Withstand Economic, Environmental Shocks Focus of Panel at UN Mauritius Conference", United Nations, January 13, 2005
  5. ^ a b New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  6. ^ Niue government website
  7. ^ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  8. ^ Niue National Olympic Committee, March 26, 2005
  9. ^ "Niue wants more from New Zealand", ABC Radio Australia, September 29, 2008
  10. ^ "Tongan PM to attend Pacific Alliance Leaders Meeting in Japan". Matangi Tonga. 2009-05-15. Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2009-10-05.  
Preceded by
Young Vivian
Premier of Niue
Succeeded by


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