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
Siaosi Sovaleni ITU 2017.jpg
Incumbent
Siaosi Sovaleni

since 27 December 2021
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 Siaosi Sovaleni since December 2021.

List of premiers/prime ministers of Tonga (1876–present)[change | change source]

No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Time in office Party Monarch
1
Tēvita ʻUnga
Unga, TēvitaCrown 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 WaldemarRev.
Shirley Waldemar Baker
(1836–1903)
April 1881July 18909 years, 3 monthsIndependentGeorge Tupou I
3
Siaosi Tukuʻaho
Tukuʻaho, SiaosiSiaosi Tukuʻaho
(1854–1897)
July 189018932–3 yearsIndependentGeorge Tupou I
4
Siosateki Veikune
Veikune, SiosatekiSiosateki Veikune
(1853–1913)
1893January 190511–12 yearsIndependentGeorge Tupou II
5
Siaosi Tuʻi Pelehake
Pelehake, Siaosi TuʻiSiaosi Tuʻi Pelehake
(1842–1912)
January 1905January 19050 monthsIndependentGeorge Tupou II
6
Sione Tupou Mateialona
Mateialona, Sione TupouSione Tupou Mateialona
(1852–1925)
January 190530 September 19127 years, 7 monthsIndependentGeorge Tupou II
7
Tevita Tuʻivakano
Tuʻivakano, TevitaTevita Tuʻivakano
(1869–1923)
30 September 191230 June 192310 years, 304 daysIndependentGeorge Tupou II
Sālote Tupou III
8
Viliami Tungī Mailefihi CBE
Mailefihi, Viliami TungīPrince
Viliami Tungī Mailefihi CBE
(1887–1941)
30 June 192320 July 194118 years, 20 daysIndependentSālote Tupou III
9
Solomone Ula Ata OBE
Ata, Solomone UlaSolomone Ula Ata OBE
(1883–1950)
20 July 194112 December 19498 years, 145 daysIndependentSālote Tupou III
10
Taufa'ahau Tungi KBE
Tungi, Taufa'ahauCrown Prince
Taufa'ahau Tungi KBE
(1918–2006)
[a]
12 December 194916 December 196516 years, 4 daysIndependentSālote Tupou III
11
Fatafehi Tuʻipelehake CBE
Tuʻipelehake, FatafehiPrince
Fatafehi Tuʻipelehake CBE
(1922–1999)
16 December 196522 August 199125 years, 249 daysIndependentTāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
12
Siaosi Tuʻihala ʻAlipate Vaea Tupou
Tupou, SiaosiBaron
Siaosi Tuʻihala ʻAlipate Vaea Tupou
(1921–2009)
22 August 19913 January 20008 years, 134 daysIndependentTāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
13
ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho
Tukuʻaho, AhoʻeituPrince
ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho
(born 1959)
[b]
3 January 200011 February 20066 years, 39 daysIndependentTāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
14
Feleti Sevele
Sevele, FeletiDr.
Feleti Sevele
(born 1944)
30 March 200622 December 20104 years, 314 daysHRDMTāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
George Tupou V
15
Siale ʻAtaongo Kaho, Lord Tuʻivakanō
Tuʻivakanō, SialeʻataongoSiale ʻAtaongo Kaho, Lord Tuʻivakanō
(born 1952)
22 December 201030 December 20144 years, 8 daysIndependentGeorge Tupou V
Tupou VI
16
ʻAkilisi Pōhiva
Pōhiva, AkilisiʻAkilisi Pōhiva
(1941–2019)
30 December 201412 September 2019 †4 years, 256 daysDPFITupou VI
Semisi Sika
Sika, SemisiSemisi Sika
(born 1968)
Acting
12 September 20198 October 201926 daysDPFITupou VI
17
Pōhiva Tuʻiʻonetoa
Tuionetoa, PohivaPōhiva Tuʻiʻonetoa
(born 1951)
8 October 201927 December 20212 years, 80 days[[Tonga People's Party|Template:Tonga People's Party/meta/shortname]]Tupou VI
18
Siaosi Sovaleni
Sovaleni, SiaosiSiaosi Sovaleni
(born 1970)
27 December 2021Incumbent173 daysIndependentTupou 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