Kenas Aroi

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Kenas Aroi

Member of the Nauruan Parliament
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In office
January 31, 1968 – January 22, 1991
Preceded byNew title
Succeeded byDetonga Deiye
President of Nauru
In office
17 August 1989 – 12 December 1989
DeputyVinson Detenamo
Preceded byHammer DeRoburt
Succeeded byBernard Dowiyogo
Personal details
Born17 April 1942
Died22 January 1991 (1991-01-23) (aged 48)
NationalityNauru Nauruan
Spouse(s)Millicent Aroi
ChildrenMichael Aroi, a.o.

Kenas Aroi (17 April 1942 – 22 January 1991) was a Nauruan political figure. He was President of the Republic of Nauru from 17 August to 12 December 1989.


Aroi was a member of the Parliament of Nauru, Speaker of the Parliament of Nauru from Jan 1971 to April 1977, and was finance minister under Kennan Adeang. Before he became president, Aroi was involved in the Nauru Phosphate Corporation.

President of Nauru[edit]

With support from Kennan Adeang, as Hammer DeRoburt was caught in a military situation, Aroi became president on 17 August 1989. Adeang then became finance minister. During his period of Presidential office Aroi experienced health problems and after a stroke in November 1989 he did not run in the elections in December of that year. He was succeeded on 12 December 1989 by Bernard Dowiyogo.[1]


Kenas Aroi died in January 1991.[1] His widow, Millicent Aroi, is Nauru's High Commissioner to Fiji and a composer.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Stuart Inder, Nauru, The Contemporary Pacific, Spring 1992