Derog Gioura

Derog Gioura (1 September 1932 – 25 September 2008) was a Nauruan political figure. He was President of the Republic of Nauru (acting) in 2003.[2]

Derog Gioura
President of Nauru
In office
March 10 – May 29, 2003
Acting President until March 20
DeputyLudwig Scotty
Preceded byBernard Dowiyogo
Succeeded byLudwig Scotty
Member of the Nauruan Parliament
for Ubenide
In office
January 31, 1968 – January 25, 1971
Preceded byNew title
Succeeded byKennan Adeang
In office
August 18, 1971 – December 17, 1973
Preceded byKennan Adeang
Succeeded byKennan Adeang
In office
December 18, 1976 – May 26, 1977
Preceded byKennan Adeang
Succeeded byKennan Adeang
In office
October 21, 1978 – November 6, 2001
Preceded byKennan Adeang
Succeeded byHimself
In office
December 18, 2001 – October 23, 2004
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byValdon Dowiyogo
Personal details
Born(1932-09-01)1 September 1932
Died25 September 2008(2008-09-25) (aged 76)[1]
NationalityNauru Nauruan

Political roleEdit

Gioura has been fighting many years with Kennan Adeang over a parliamentary seat in the Ubenide constituency, resulting in numerous vacations and by-elections between them two; the fight ended when they were both continually elected since 1980.

Gioura was the Speaker of the Parliament of Nauru from 1987 until November 1992.[3]

He served as Minister Assisting the President of Nauru in cabinets of Kennan Adeang, Bernard Dowiyogo and René Harris in 1986, 2000-2001, 2003, 2003, 2003-2004.

During the tumultuous year of 2003, the office of President of Nauru changed hands on six occasions. The perennial challenge for Presidential office-holders in Nauru is to stave off a vote of no confidence, to which frequent recourse is made; in 2003, these factors were particularly acute, given the ill health of President Bernard Dowiyogo.

President of NauruEdit

In 2003, on the death in office of President Bernard Dowiyogo, Gioura emerged as President of Nauru, initially on an interim basis. One of the results of Gioura's short period of office was the facilitating of the path of his successor, Ludwig Scotty, who, after a hiatus of several months, oversaw a more stable period of politics in Nauru.


During his brief Presidency, Gioura underwent a period of enforced absence from the country, since there were concerns for his health; he received a series of medical treatment in Australia.

By the year 2007, Nauruan political figures of Gioura's generation had been somewhat eclipsed by a younger set of leaders: in December 2007 the incoming President of Nauru Marcus Stephen was nearly four decades younger than Derog Gioura. While there were a few changes of President since 2003, Gioura did not resume the office since relinquishing it in that year.


Derog Gioura died in 2008.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Notice of Derog Gioura's death
  2. ^ Forbes, Mark (11 March 2003). "President's death adds to Nauru woes". The Age. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Nauru Police Force (Amendment) Act 1987".