General election produces inconclusive result
Independents took ten seats in the Vanuatu general election on Friday 22nd January. According to a report in the Vanuatu Daily Digest the Graon mo Jastis Party (GJP) emerged with six seats in the 53 seat parliament as did the Union of Moderates Party (UMP) and Vanua’aku Party. Four parties took three seats each, a further two parties took two seats apiece and eight parties won one seat each leading to another fractured parliament.
Radio New Zealand reports that the Vanua’aku Pati and the Graon mo Jastis Party have joined forces in a bloc called the United Front for Change led by Joe Natuman and Ralph Regenvanu.
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) of caretaker prime minister Sato Kilman won just two seats.
Parliament is expected to convene in two weeks’ time. The snap general election was called after 14 MPs were convicted of corruption.