Tuvalu News & Current Events

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
Sopoaga Becomes Prime Minister


On August 5, 2013, Enele Sopoaga was sworn in as the twelfth prime minister of Tuvalu. Sopoaga had been the leader of the opposition to former Prime Minister Willy Telavi. When Telavi was removed by Governor General Iakoba Italeli, Sopoaga became caretaker prime minister.

Earlier in the summer of 2013, Telvai had been removed as prime minister over allegations that he had attempted to break the country's constitution by planning to replace Governor General Italeli. After placed in the role as an interim prime minister, Sopoaga later won a vote to take over as prime minster.

See also Encyclopedia: Tuvalu .
U.S. State Dept. Country Notes: Tuvalu