Ruben Kun

HE Ruben James Kun (30 March 1942 – 21 September 2014)[2] was a political figure from the Pacific nation of Nauru and was President of the Republic of Nauru.

Ruben Kun
6th President of Nauru
In office
19 December 1996 – 13 February 1997
DeputyVinson Detenamo
Preceded byKennan Adeang
Succeeded byKinza Clodumar
Personal details
Born(1942-03-30)30 March 1942
Died21 September 2014(2014-09-21) (aged 72)

Ruben Kun

Member of the Nauruan Parliament
for Buada
In office
25 January 1971[citation needed] – 16 November 1992
Preceded byTotouwa Depaune[citation needed]
Succeeded byTamaiti Star
In office
20 November 1995 – 8 April 2000
Preceded byTamaiti Star
Succeeded byTerangi Adam
Personal details
Born(1942-03-30)30 March 1942[1]
Died21 September 2014(2014-09-21) (aged 72)
NationalityNauru Nauruan

Early careerEdit

Ruben Kun was a lawyer prior to becoming a political figure.

He served as Minister Assisting the President of Nauru in the cabinets of Lagumot Harris in 1978 and 1995–1996. He was the Speaker of the Parliament of Nauru from August 1981 to December 1986.[3][4]

Kun served as finance minister, prior to assuming Presidential office.

President of NauruEdit

Kun succeeded Kennan Adeang as President of Nauru from 19 December 1996 to 13 February 1997, and was himself succeeded in that office by Kinza Clodumar.


Under the Pacific Solution asylum policy, Australia has an arrangement with Nauru that allows asylum seekers arriving in Australia to be detained on the island. Kun is now representing detainees in a case before the nation's Supreme Court.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Journal de la Société des Océanistes. p. 322.
  2. ^ Rulers
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  4. ^ Europa World Year book 1985