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Kiribati

Republic of Kiribati
I Kiribati

Political Status: Formerly the Gilbert Islands; became a British protectorate in 1892; annexed as the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony in 1915, the Ellice Islands becoming independent as the state of Tuvalu in 1978; present name adopted upon becoming an independent member of the Commonwealth on July 12, 1979.

Area: 313 sq. mi. (811 sq. km).

Population: 119,000 (2020E—World Bank); 111,796 (2020E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Center (2016E—UN): BAIRIKI (4,000).

Official Language: I-Kiribati (Gilbertese); English is also widely spoken.

Monetary Unit: Australian Dollar (market rate September 30, 2020: 1.41 Australian dollar = $1US). The British Pound is also in circulation.

President: Taneti MAMAU (Tobwaan Kiribati Party); popularly elected on March 9, 2016, and sworn in for four-year term on March 11, succeeding Anote TONG (Boutokaan te Koaua); reelected on ...

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