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Yearbook 1998

Vanuatu. In the general elections in March, Vanuaaku Pati (VP) gained a majority together with the National United Party (NUP). With 35 votes in favor and 17 against, the newly elected parliament appointed Donald Kalpokas (VP) as Prime Minister and Walter Lini (NUP) as Deputy Prime Minister.

1998 Vanuatu

In October, Donald Kalpokas dismissed his Deputy Prime Minister and excluded his party from participating in the government. As a result of this measure, the Prime Minister stated that the NUP has initiated a distrust vote against the government. According to Countryaah, Willie Jimmy was appointed new Deputy Prime Minister, and new coalition parties for VP became Union of Moderate Parties (UMP) and John Frum Movement (JFM).

Port Vila

Port Vila, the capital of the Vanuatu kingdom (formerly the New Hebrides) in the western Pacific; 33,700 residents (1999). The city is located around a large natural harbor on the southern main island, Éfaté, and the airport is one of the hubs in the region. Port Vila bears the mark of its past as both French and British colonial city. Modern hotels and banks reflect Vanuatu's commitment to tourism and offshore banking.


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