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Kiribati appoints first female Attorney-General


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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