Charlot Salwai is new PM


Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas has been elected as Vanuatu’s new Prime Minister. He received 46 of the 52 votes in parliament having been nominated by Vanua’aku Pati’s Joe Natuman and Ham Lini of the National United Party.

Charlot Salwai is leader of the Reunification of Movements for Change, which is part of the Unity for Change bloc and is a businessman. He was elected to parliament in 2002 but prior to that had been a political advisor to the minister of trade and minister of youth and sport. He was Private Secretary to Prime Minister Carlot Korman between 1991 and 1995. In 2004 he was made Minister of Trades and Industries and then Minister of Lands and Natural Resources. He was Minister of Education in 2008 and again in 2010 and in November 2012 was made Minister for Finance and Economic Management. Charlot Salwai was Minister of Internal Affairs between May 2014 and June 2015. He was also Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

There is a more colourful background to the new prime minister here.

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