Russ Kun elected unopposed as Nauru president

Russ Kun

Russ Kun is the newly elected president of Nauru, nominated unopposed in the inaugural sitting of the 24th Parliament, Wednesday.

Marcus Stephen was re-elected as the Speaker of Parliament and former president Lionel Aingimea as Deputy Speaker.

This is the fourth parliamentary elections Kun has contested having first entered politics in the 2013 general elections and was duly elected placing third of the four positions in the Constituency of Ubenide. He was subsequently re-elected in his constituency three more times in the general elections of 2016, 2019 and 2022.

Kun served as the deputy minister for Finance, Nauru Ports, Tourism, and National Heritage and Museum, in the last government under Lionel Aingimea.

As Members of Parliament (MP) can be elected multiple times to the presidency, there have been 41 changes of presidents since 1968. President Kun is the 16th member to be elected to the position.

The President will name his Cabinet soon followed by the swearing-in.

General elections were held over the weekend, Saturday September 24 and vote counting commenced shortly after the polls closed at 6pm the same day.

Vote counting for the 77 candidates from eight constituencies concluded on Monday September 26, returning all but two members to the new parliament.

Milton Dube from Aiwo was replaced by new member Delvin Thoma and Jesse Jeremiah replaced Tawaki Lyn-Wannan Kam in Menen.

Elected Members of Parliament in the 2022 General Elections held on Saturday, September 24:

Aiwo –  Gadabu, Rennier Stanislaus

Thoma, Delvin Oneil

Anabar – Deiye, Pyon

Eoe, Maverick

Anetan – Ika, Timothy John

Stephen, Marcus

Boe –  Appi, Asterio

Hunt, Martin Porky

Buada – Agir, Jason Bingham

Bernicke, Shadlog Armait

Menen –  Aingimea, Lionel Rouwen

Menke, Khyde

Jeremiah Jesse

Ubenide – Kun, Russ Joseph

Adeang, David Waiau

Dowiyogo, Wawani Joe-Grant

Aliklik, Reagan Winson

Yaren – Cotty, Charmaine Eraidinomo

Dageago Isabella