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Kausea Natano

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Prime Minister  Willy Telavi
Constituency  Funafuti
Succeeded by  Vete Sakaio
Preceded by  Taukelina Finikaso
Prime Minister  Willy Telavi
Role  Politician
Preceded by  Enele Sopoaga
Name  Kausea Natano

Preceded by  Ionatana Ionatana Teleke Lauti

Political party  Independent politician

Kausea Natano is a Tuvaluan politician. He currently serves as MP for Funafuti, having also served as the country's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Communications in former Prime Minister Willy Telavi's Cabinet.

Political career

Natano has been elected multiple times to the Parliament of Tuvalu.

Before the 2006 election, he had been a member of the opposition, but with the changes in the parliament's membership, he had hopes of forming a new coalition of supporters.

He was one of seven members re-elected in the 2006 election, in which he received 340 votes. He serves as MP for Funafuti, the country's capital, along with Kamuta Latasi, who was also re-elected in 2006. Following the election, he was appointed Minister for Public Utilities and Industries in Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia's Cabinet.

He was re-elected to Parliament in the 2010 general election. He then stood for the premiership, and received seven votes from MPs, thus being narrowly defeated by Maatia Toafa, who received eight. In December 2010, Toafa's government was ousted in a motion of no confidence, and Willy Telavi succeeded to the premiership. Natano was among those who supported Telavi, enabling his accession. Upon appointing his Cabinet on December 24, Telavi appointed Natano as Minister for Communications. He was also appointed Deputy Prime Minister.

Following Prime Minister Telavi's removal by Governor General Sir Iakoba Italeli on 1 August 2013 in the context of a political crisis (Telavi had sought to govern without the support of Parliament), Natano and the rest of Cabinet were voted out of office a day later by Parliament, where the opposition now had a clear majority.

Natano and Sir Kamuta Latasi were re-elected in the 2015 general election.


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