Prime Minister of Tonga

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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 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]

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

List of Premiers/Prime Ministers of Tonga (1876–present)[change | change source]

Prime Minister Took office Left office Time in office Party Monarch
1
Tēvita ʻUnga
Unga, 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)
2
Shirley Waldemar Baker
Baker, Shirley WaldemarShirley Waldemar Baker
(1836–1903)
April 1881July 18909 years, 3 monthsIndependentGeorge Tupou I
3
Siaosi U. Tukuʻaho
Tukuʻaho, Siaosi U.Hon.
Siaosi U. Tukuʻaho
(1854–1897)
July 189018932–3 yearsIndependentGeorge Tupou I
4
Siosateki Veikune
Veikune, SiosatekiHon.
Siosateki Veikune
(1853–1913)
1893January 190511–12 yearsIndependentGeorge Tupou II
5
Sione Mateialona
Mateialona, SioneHon.
Sione Mateialona
(1852–1925)
January 190530 September 19127 years, 7 monthsIndependentGeorge Tupou II
6
Tevita Tuʻivakano
Tuʻivakano, TevitaHon.
Tevita Tuʻivakano
(1869–1923)
30 September 191230 June 192310 years, 304 daysIndependentGeorge Tupou II
Sālote Tupou III
7
Viliami Tungī Mailefihi CBE
Mailefihi, Viliami TungīHon.
Viliami Tungī Mailefihi CBE
(1887–1941)
30 June 192320 July 194118 years, 20 daysIndependentSālote Tupou III
8
Solomone Ula Ata OBE
Ata, Solomone UlaHon.
Solomone Ula Ata OBE
(1883–1950)
20 July 194112 December 19498 years, 145 daysIndependentSālote Tupou III
9
Taufa'ahau Tungi KBE
Tungi, 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
11
Siaosi Tuʻihala ʻAlipate Vaea Tupou
Tupou, SiaosiHRH Baron
Siaosi Tuʻihala ʻAlipate Vaea Tupou
(1921–2009)
22 August 19913 January 20008 years, 134 daysIndependentTāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
12
ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho
Tukuʻaho, AhoʻeituHRH
ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho
(born 1959)
[b]
3 January 200011 February 20066 years, 39 daysIndependentTāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
13
Feleti Sevele
Sevele, FeletiDr.
Feleti Sevele
(born 1944)
30 March 200622 December 20104 years, 314 daysHRDMTāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
George Tupou V
14
Siale ʻAtaongo Kaho, Lord Tuʻivakanō
Tuʻivakanō, SialeʻataongoHon.
Siale ʻAtaongo Kaho, Lord Tuʻivakanō
(born 1952)
22 December 201030 December 20144 years, 8 daysIndependentGeorge Tupou V
Tupou VI
15
ʻAkilisi Pōhiva
Pōhiva, AkilisiʻAkilisi Pōhiva
(1941–2019)
30 December 201412 September 20194 years, 256 daysDPFITupou VI
Acting
Semisi Sika
Sika, SemisiSemisi Sika
(born 1968)
12 September 201948 daysDPFITupou VI
Pohiva Tuʻiʻonetoa
Tuʻiʻonetoa, PohivaPohiva Tuʻiʻonetoa
(born 1961)
27 September 2019present33 daysTupou VI

Notes[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Executive government ", Tonga government