Baldwin Lonsdale sworn in as President
Father Baldwin Lonsdale has been voted the eighth president of the Republic of Vanuatu. It took the Electoral College, made up of 52 members of the country’s parliament and the six provincial government presidents, eight rounds to complete the process which started last Wednesday (17th September).
Fr Baldwin Lonsdale eventually won the eighth round with 46 votes. His term of office is for five years.
Fr Baldwin Lonsdale is an Anglican priest and was previously the secretary general of the province of Torba on the island of Mota Lava. According to the Vanuatu Daily Digest he passed his theological studies at the St John’s College (Auckland) and the Bishop Patteson Theological College, Kohimarama, Solomon Islands. He worked for the British National Service (1968-72).