Aloysius Amwano

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The Honourable
Aloysius Amwano
Member of the Nauruan Parliament
for Ubenide
In office
21 February 1998 – 6 November 2001
Preceded by Lagumot Harris
Succeeded by himself
In office
18 December 2001 – 5 May 2003
Preceded by himself
Succeeded by Fabian Ribauw
In office
26 April 2008 – 8 June 2013
Preceded by Fabian Ribauw
Succeeded by Ranin Akua
Personal details
Born (1955-06-21) 21 June 1955 (age 63)
Nationality Nauru Nauruan
Residence Aiwo
Religion Roman Catholicism

Aloysius Arabao Iyomogo Edrick Amwano (also called Ali Amwano; b. 21 June 1955) is a Nauruan politician.

Successive reversals of electoral fortune

Amwano started his parliamentary career in 1998, when he won a vacated seat in a by-election for the Ubenide Constituency following the resignation of former president Lagumot Harris.

2000, 2001 & 2003 polls

In the 2000 general elections he was re-elected; during a political crisis in 2001 all four Ubenide members lost their seats in parliament, but along with two colleagues Amwano subsequently regained the seat in the following by-election. After the 2003 general elections he lost his seat to Fabian Ribauw.

2008 & 2010 elections

In 2008 he was re-elected to parliament, ousting Ribauw. He became part of President Marcus Stephen's parliamentary majority, before switching over to the opposition in 2010. He was one of three non-Cabinet government MPs to switch to the opposition after benefiting from a trip to Singapore organised and paid for by the Australian company Getax, which buys Nauruan phosphate. Getax had just sought, unsuccessfully, to propose a loan to the Stephen government, with contractual clauses enabling it (the company) to take over Nauru's phosphate industry in the event that the government defaulted in repaying. Following the Getax-funded trip, Amwano and two other MPs withdrew their support for the government, joining the opposition and causing Parliament to be evenly split between government and opposition MPs.[1][2] This resulted in fresh parliamentary elections in April 2010, in which Amwano retained his seat. On 30 June 2010, he was elected Speaker, and demanded that Stephen stand down as president.[3] On 6 July, opposition MP Rykers Solomon joined the government, potentially giving it the numbers to re-elect Stephen, or to elect a new president from within its ranks. As Speaker, however, Amwano refused to allow the election for president (by MPs) to be held.[4] Amwano was dismissed by Stephen the following day,[5] but refused to relinquish his post.[6] In a short parliamentary session held on 9 July, Deputy Speaker Landon Deireragea announced that he had assumed the Speaker's position in Amwano's place.[7]

In October, the Nauruan government accused Getax of having paid significant sums of money to opposition MPs, and of having funded the opposition's election campaign. The Australian Federal Police investigated the allegations that Getax had bribed Nauruan MPs "to influence the political regime in Nauru in order to increase their stake in the country's phosphate". Amwano spoke up to defend Getax, denying any wrongdoing and adding that he "would be happy for the Australian Federal Police to investigate".[1][2]

2013 Election

Amwano was defeated in the 2013 elections, and was replaced by Ranin Akua.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Federal Police to probe claims Nauru bribery claims against Gold Coast company", The Australian, 26 October 2010
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Mutiny on the phosphate bounty", The Australian, 26 October 2010
  3. "Pacific Beat:Story:Nauru elects speaker who pushes for new president". Radio Australia. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. on 7 July 2010 UTC (7 July 2010). "Nauru Government breaks parliamentary deadlock but Speaker blocks vote". Retrieved 2010-08-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. on 8 July 2010 UTC (8 July 2010). "Nauru speaker removed as deadlock continues". Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Stories:Nauru Speaker refuses order to quit". Australia Network News. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. on 9 July 2010 UTC (9 July 2010). "Nauru parliament sits briefly again amid Speaker void". Retrieved 2010-08-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>