Vanuatu National United Party

Published 26th October, 2012

The Vanuatu National United Party was founded in 1991 by Fr. Walter Lini after he was removed as leader of the Vanua’aku Pati (VP). The party describes itself as a social democratic party.

In the 1991 election the party won 10 of the 46 seats in the national parliament and joined a coalition government with the Union of Moderate Parties (UMP). Although they withdrew from the coalition government on several occasions, the NUP was in government for much of the 1990s.

In the 1995 election the party won nine of the 50 seats and in 1998 they won 11 of the 52 seats in parliament.

In the 2002 election the party became the largest party with 15 of the 52 seats but that dropped to nine in 2004 and seven in 2008. Nevertheless Ham Lini, the brother of Walter Lini who had died in 1999, became prime minister. In 2008 the party was not able to form a government but became a supporter of the Vanua’aku Pati led government.

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