Tuvalu. In the August 3 election, eight of Parliament’s fifteen members lost their seats, according to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Tuvalu include Independence Day (October 1) and New Year (January 1). Among them all government members except Prime Minister Maatia Toafa. He tried to remain seated by getting new MPs on his side. However, Toafa failed and a few weeks later Apisai Ielemia was elected new Prime Minister with eight votes to seven. When he took office, Ielemia said that the previous government had put donkeys on the press and that it is important for people who “live scattered on nine islands” that the media is independent.
In September 1989, parliamentary elections were held and in October 1990 Toaripi Lauti was appointed Governor-General. That same year, the country was ravaged by a cyclone that destroyed plantations and buildings – especially on the Vaitupu Atoll, where 360 families lost their homes.
The archipelago’s financial situation has deteriorated in recent years. Returning emigrants have begun to compete for jobs with young people completing their education. It is estimated that only 30% of those who finish primary school get a job.
In 1993, Kamuta Laatasi was appointed prime minister. His government overthrew General Governor Tomu Sione in 1994, arguing that this was a person from the old regime. In his place Tulaga Manuella was appointed.
During the independence celebrations in October 1995, a new flag was replaced to replace the British Union Jack, but in 1996 the new Prime Minister Bikenibeu Paeniu again made the use of the British flag official.
In June 1997, the cyclone Kelly destroyed the houses on the island of Niulakita. Throughout the year, the Paeniu government tried to get jobs for the 1,000 people working at Nauru, after the prospect of phosphate mines in this country now being depleted.
The March 1998 parliamentary elections cost Prime Minister Kamuta Latasi the post. He was replaced by Paeniu. In August, the government sold the country’s domain on the Internet, identified by the letters television, to a Canadian company for $ 50 million. dollars and a share in the company’s future profits.
The high tide, high winds and high waves in February 2000 caused the majority of Funafuti and other islands to be flooded. The incident again raised the theme of global warming and rising sea levels. This development may in the long run cause Tuvalu and other islands to disappear completely from the surface of the sea.
In March 2000, a college on the island of Vaitupu burned. The fire cost 18 young women and a supervising life because their doors were locked from the outside. The habit of locking the doors to the rooms is considered a means of “protecting” the female students from their male peers, but has now been criticized by Prime Minister Ionatana Ionatana. In the future, women will not be protected by locked doors but by a locked gate at the entrance to the college.