Bartholomew Ulufa'alu

Bartholomew Ulufa'alu

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Bartholomew (Bart) Ulufa'alu (25 December 1950 – 25 May 2007) was the fifth Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands from 27 August 1997 to 30 June 2000.

He completed his schooling at Aruligo Secondary School and received a Bachelor of Economics from UPNG, during which time he was also President of the UPNG Students’ Union (Moore 2004, pp.61–63).

He founded the Solomon Islands General Workers' Union and also founded and led the union-affiliated National Democratic Party (NADEPA) in 1975. NADEPA was successful in the 1976 national elections, gaining 8 seats (including Ulufa'alu in the seat of East Honiara) in the 38 member Legislative Assembly. Ulufa'alu was appointed as the first ever Leader of the Official Opposition.

NADEPA fared poorly after the 1980 elections, winning only two seats and they subsequently joined the opposition. However, after the 'Independent Group' led by Francis Billy Hilly withdrew their support for the Kenilorea government in 1981, Solomon Mamaloni became Prime Minister and Ulufa'alu became Minister for Finance.

Ulufa'alu is generally regarded as having performed well as Finance Minister (Moore 2004, p.47) and perhaps because this distracted him from attending to his constituency, he was defeated in 1984 (PIM Dec 1984), p.7). Out of office, he went into business and headed up both the Solomon Islands Chamber of...
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