Governor-General of Solomon Islands

The Governor-General of Solomon Islands is the resident representative of the Solomon Islands' monarch, currently Elizabeth II. The Queen does not reside in the country but appoints a Governor-General to act on her behalf, subordinate to her, for a five-year term. Although the office holds considerable reserve powers, it is largely a symbolic figurehead position with little day-to-day involvement in government.

Governor-General of Solomon Islands
Sir David Vunagi

since 7 July 2019
StyleHis Excellency
AppointerMonarch of Solomon Islands
Term length5 years, renewable once
Formation7 July 1978
First holderSir Baddeley Devesi
Salary130,000 SBD annually[1]

Solomon Islands is a Commonwealth realm and, following independence in 1978, adopted a constitutional monarchy based on, but separate from, that of the United Kingdom. Prior to the country's independence and the establishment of this office, the islands were governed by a Governor and the Executive Council.

The governors-general of the majority of Commonwealth realms are nominated by the prime minister of each realm and appointed by the Queen but in Solomon Islands, the Governor-General is nominated by the National Parliament by vote and appointed by the Queen. Although the nominee is elected by Parliament the Queen is not bound to accept that nomination for appointment, although she is likely to dissent only in extraordinary circumstances.

The current Governor-General is David Vunagi, a retired Solomon Islands Anglican bishop, who was nominated unopposed in June 2019.

Governors-general of Solomon Islands

No. Image Name
Tenure Notes
Took Office Left Office
1 Sir Baddeley Devesi
7 July 1978 7 July 1988 Served as Governor-General for two consecutive terms.
2 Sir George Lepping
7 July 1988 6 July 1994[2]
3 Sir Moses Pitakaka
7 July 1994 7 July 1999
4 Sir John Lapli
(born 1955)
7 July 1999 7 July 2004 Held as hostage by the MEF rebels for a few days in June 2000.
5 Sir Nathaniel Waena
(born 1945)
7 July 2004 7 July 2009
6 Sir Frank Kabui
(born 1946)
7 July 2009 7 July 2019
7 Sir David Vunagi
(born 1950)
7 July 2019 Incumbent

See also


  2. "LATE SIR GEORGE LEPPING IS MERITORIOUS STATESMAN: PM SOGAVARE". Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2016. He served as the second Governor-General of Solomon Islands from 7th July 1988 to 6th July 1994.