Kiri­bati ap­points first fe­male At­tor­ney-Gen­eral

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Tarawa: The Kiri­bati govern­ment has swornin its new Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and At­tor­neyGen­eral at the State ‘Mane­aba’ in Bairiki.

In the pres­ence of the Kiri­bati Chief Jus­tice Sir John Muria, for­mer At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and MP for Abe­mama Natan Teewe was sworn-in as the new Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Bir­imwaka Tekanene as the new Sec­re­tary of Jus­tice.

The cer­e­mony also wit­nessed the ap­point­ment of the first fe­male At­tor­ney-Gen­eral, Te­tiro Semilota by Pres­i­dent Taneti Maa­mau.

Pres­i­dent Maa­mau says the es­tab­lish­ment of the Jus­tice Min­istry, ini­ti­ated way back in 2006, “has made a great land­mark in the po­lit­i­cal his­tory and de­vel­op­ment of Kiri­bati es­pe­cially in pro­mot­ing and el­e­vat­ing the con­cept of jus­tice, hu­man rights and all the gov­er­nance prin­ci­ples which are ideal in the gov­ern­ing of the peo­ple and also in de­liv­er­ing of the service to the peo­ple and to God.”

In his re­marks, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Natan Teewe fig­u­ra­tively com­pared his new Min­istry to that of “Te Waa” or a ca­noe. “We have been as­signed, my­self and the new Sec­re­tary and the new At­tor­ney-Gen­eral to man this ca­noe. We will sail this ca­noe in an ocean we know noth­ing about. We can­not con­trol the di­rec­tion and force of the wind. We can­not con­trol the flow of the cur­rent,” Mr Teewe said.

The Kiri­bati govern­ment now has 13 min­istries and 13 Cab­i­net Min­is­ters. BBC

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