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Koloa Talake

Koloa Talake
Prime Minister of Tuvalu
In office
14 December 2001 – 2 August 2002
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Tomasi Puapua
Preceded by Faimalaga Luka
Succeeded by Saufatu Sopoanga
Personal details
Born 7 June 1934
Vaitupu, Gilbert and Ellice Islands

The Rt Hon Koloa Talake (born 7 June 1934) is a political figure from the Pacific nation of Tuvalu.

Prime Minister of Tuvalu

He served as the seventh Prime Minister of Tuvalu for nine months, 14 December 2001-2 August 2002, after defeating Faimalaga Luka in a vote of no confidence.

Talake was defeated in elections in 2002.

Significant issues during premiership

In that time, he negotiated the sale of that country's Internet domain name, .tv, to an American company in order to bring an income to his resource-poor country.[1]

In 2002, he coordinated an effort, together with the leaders of two other small island nations, Kiribati and Maldives to sue the governments of the United States and Australia for failing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and for their greenhouse gas emissions, which the leaders claimed, resulted in rising sea levels that would eventually flood their countries.[2]

Succession and later life

Talake was succeeded as Prime Minister of Tuvalu by Saufatu Sopoanga.

Having left office in 2002, Talake relocated to Auckland, New Zealand, where his children were living.[3]

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