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Solomon Mamaloni
Prime Minister of Solomon Islands
In office
7 November 1994 – 27 August 1997
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor-General Sir Moses Pitakaka
Preceded by Francis Billy Hilly
Succeeded by Bartholomew Ulufa'alu
In office
28 March 1989 – 18 June 1993
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor-General Sir George Lepping
Preceded by Ezekiel Alebua
Succeeded by Francis Billy Hilly
In office
30 August 1981 – 19 November 1984
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor-General Sir Baddeley Devesi
Preceded by Peter Kenilorea
Succeeded by Peter Kenilorea
Leader of the Opposition
In office
1998 – 11 January 2000
Preceded by Edward Huni'ehu
Succeeded by Manasseh Sogavare
In office
1993–1994
Preceded by Joses Tuhanuku
Succeeded by Baddeley Devesi
In office
1984–1988
Preceded by Peter Kenilorea
Succeeded by Andrew Nori
In office
1980–1981
Preceded by Bartholomew Ulufa'alu
Succeeded by Peter Kenilorea
Chief Minister of the British Solomon Islands
In office
1974–1976
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Sir Donald Luddington
Personal details
Born 23 January 1943
Rumahui, British Solomon Islands
Died 11 January 2000(2000-01-11) (aged 56)
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Nationality Solomon Islander
Political party People's Progressive Party

Solomon Sunaone Mamaloni (23 January 1943 – 11 January 2000) was a Solomon Islands politician. He was the first Chief Minister of the islands, and later served as Prime Minister for three spells in the 1980s and 1990s.

Biography

Mamaloni was born in 1943 in the village of Rumahui, Arosi, in West Makira. He was educated at Pawa School and King George VI Secondary School, before attending Te Aute College in New Zealand. He joined the civil service in 1966, initially working as an executive officer for the Legislative Council, before becoming a clerk.

He was elected to the Governing Council from the Makira constituency in the 1970 elections. After being re-elected in 1973, he was involved in the establishment of the People's Progressive Party the following January. Later in 1974 the new post of Chief Minister was established, with Mamaloni being elected to the post after the sixth round of voting.

He served as Chief Minister of the Solomon Islands until July 1976. Although he resigned from the Legislative Assembly in December 1976, he returned to politics and represented West Makira constituency in the National Parliament. He was Leader of the Opposition from 1980 to 1981, from 1984 to 1988, and from 1993 to 1994. He was again chosen as Leader of the Opposition in late September 1998, replacing Job Dudley Tausinga.

His role as architect of the Solomon Islands' independence from British rule in 1978 buoyed Mamaloni's support, and he served as opposition leader until his death.

He remained Opposition Leader until his death from kidney disease in a Honiara hospital in January 2000. His funeral was held on 13 January.

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