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Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2013: Vanuatu

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2013: Vanuatu the contemporary pacific · 26:2 (2014) tions of corruption within the government increased to unprecedented levels related to misuse of funds, shady land deals, questionable dismissals of public service officials, and the unexplained death of the minister of infrastructure and public utilities, Harry Iauko, rumored to be related to the arrival in Port Vila harbor of a mysterious super-luxury yacht, the Phocea, and its detention by the government due to fraudulent ownership documentation. One of the hottest issues during 2011, which was not completely resolved by the end of that year, was ratification of Vanuatu's bid to join the World Trade Organization (wto). The government introduced a bill in Parliament in December and, despite opposition by most of the major nongovernmental organizations such as the Malvatumauri (National Council of Chiefs), Chamber of Commerce, Vanuatu Christian Council, and Vanuatu National Workers Union, it passed by a vote of 25 in favor, 20 against (including that of Minister of Justice Ralph Regenvanu), and one abstention (Van Trease 2012). The bill, however, remained unsigned by the president, His Excellency Iolu Johnson Abbil, who had gone overseas for health reasons as the year ended. The acting president (the deputy speaker of Parliament) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2013: Vanuatu

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 26 (2) – Sep 17, 2014

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the contemporary pacific · 26:2 (2014) tions of corruption within the government increased to unprecedented levels related to misuse of funds, shady land deals, questionable dismissals of public service officials, and the unexplained death of the minister of infrastructure and public utilities, Harry Iauko, rumored to be related to the arrival in Port Vila harbor of a mysterious super-luxury yacht, the Phocea, and its detention by the government due to fraudulent ownership documentation. One of the hottest issues during 2011, which was not completely resolved by the end of that year, was ratification of Vanuatu's bid to join the World Trade Organization (wto). The government introduced a bill in Parliament in December and, despite opposition by most of the major nongovernmental organizations such as the Malvatumauri (National Council of Chiefs), Chamber of Commerce, Vanuatu Christian Council, and Vanuatu National Workers Union, it passed by a vote of 25 in favor, 20 against (including that of Minister of Justice Ralph Regenvanu), and one abstention (Van Trease 2012). The bill, however, remained unsigned by the president, His Excellency Iolu Johnson Abbil, who had gone overseas for health reasons as the year ended. The acting president (the deputy speaker of Parliament)

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