Baron Divavesi Waqa (/bæˈrɒn dɪvəveɪˈsiː wɑːˈkɑː/; born
31 December 1959) is a Nauruan politician who has been 14th President
Nauru since 11 June 2013. He previously served as Minister of Adult
Education from 2004 to 2007.
1 Political role
2 Personal life
3 See also
5 External links
He 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
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.
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
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. The government also sought to draft an emergency rule law
with the help of Fijian lawyers. 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
Charmaine Scotty said this was symptomatic of a "system of
cronyism" operated by Australian expatriates who he said were in
league with the opposition.
Baron Waqa is married to Louisa Waqa.
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^ "New president for Nauru". Retrieved 24 April 2016.
Baron Waqa named as new
Nauru president". Retrieved 24 April
^ "Waqa elected
Nauru president". Radio New Zealand. 11 June 2013.
Retrieved 24 April 2016.
^ "No confidence motion in
Nauru fails". Radio New Zealand. 28 January
2014. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved
^ "Aussies out!". The Economist. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
^ "Fiji President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to make state visit to Nauru".
The Government of the Republic of Nauru. February 13, 2014. Retrieved
April 21, 2015.
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