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Prime Minister of Tonga

position

The prime minister of Tonga (historically referred to as the premier) is the country's head of government. Tonga is a monarchy with the king, currently Tupou VI, as head of state.[1]

Prime Minister of the
Kingdom of Tonga
Coat of arms of Tonga.svg
Coat of arms of
the Kingdom of Tonga
Incumbent
Pōhiva Tuʻiʻonetoa

since 27 September 2019
AppointerKing of Tonga
Inaugural holderTēvita ʻUnga (Premier)
Fatafehi Tuʻipelehake (Prime Minister)
Formation1876 (Premier)
1970 (Prime Minister)

The office is currently held by Pōhiva Tuʻiʻonetoa since September 2019.

List of Premiers/Prime Ministers of Tonga (1876–present)Edit

Prime Minister Took office Left office Time in office Party Monarch
1Unga, TēvitaHRH Crown Prince
Tēvita ʻUnga
(c.1824–1879)
1 January 187618 December 1879 †3 years, 351 daysIndependentGeorge Tupou I
Vacant (18 December 1879 – April 1881)
2Baker, Shirley WaldemarShirley Waldemar Baker
(1836–1903)
April 1881July 18909 years, 3 monthsIndependentGeorge Tupou I
3Tukuʻaho, Siaosi U.Hon.
Siaosi U. Tukuʻaho
(1854–1897)
July 189018932–3 yearsIndependentGeorge Tupou I
4Veikune, SiosatekiHon.
Siosateki Veikune
(1853–1913)
1893January 190511–12 yearsIndependentGeorge Tupou II
5Mateialona, SioneHon.
Sione Mateialona
(1852–1925)
January 190530 September 19127 years, 7 monthsIndependentGeorge Tupou II
6Tuʻivakano, TevitaHon.
Tevita Tuʻivakano
(1869–1923)
30 September 191230 June 192310 years, 304 daysIndependentGeorge Tupou II
Sālote Tupou III
7Mailefihi, Viliami TungīHon.
Viliami Tungī Mailefihi CBE
(1887–1941)
30 June 192320 July 194118 years, 20 daysIndependentSālote Tupou III
8Ata, Solomone UlaHon.
Solomone Ula Ata OBE
(1883–1950)
20 July 194112 December 19498 years, 145 daysIndependentSālote Tupou III
9Tungi, Taufa'ahauHRH Crown Prince
Taufa'ahau Tungi KBE
(1918–2006)
[a]
12 December 194916 December 196516 years, 4 daysIndependentSālote Tupou III
10Tuʻipelehake, FatafehiHRH Prince
Fatafehi Tuʻipelehake CBE
(1922–1999)
16 December 196522 August 199125 years, 249 daysIndependentTāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
11Tupou, SiaosiHRH Baron
Siaosi Tuʻihala ʻAlipate Vaea Tupou
(1921–2009)
22 August 19913 January 20008 years, 134 daysIndependentTāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
12Tukuʻaho, AhoʻeituHRH
ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho
(born 1959)
[b]
3 January 200011 February 20066 years, 39 daysIndependentTāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
13Sevele, FeletiDr.
Feleti Sevele
(born 1944)
30 March 200622 December 20104 years, 314 daysHRDMTāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
George Tupou V
14Tuʻivakanō, SialeʻataongoHon.
Siale ʻAtaongo Kaho, Lord Tuʻivakanō
(born 1952)
22 December 201030 December 20144 years, 8 daysIndependentGeorge Tupou V
Tupou VI
15Pōhiva, AkilisiʻAkilisi Pōhiva
(1941–2019)
30 December 201412 September 20194 years, 256 daysDPFITupou VI
ActingSika, SemisiSemisi Sika
(born 1968)
12 September 201952 daysDPFITupou VI
Tuʻiʻonetoa, PohivaPohiva Tuʻiʻonetoa
(born 1961)
27 September 2019present37 daysTupou VI

NotesEdit

  1. Later King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.
  2. Later King Tupou VI.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The Executive government ", Tonga government