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Vanuatu

Vanuatu 1999 has seen the consolidation of political events in Vanuatu from the mid-nineties onward. It began with sadness for Vanuatu with the death of Father Walter Lini in February. He had suffered a stroke in 1987, but had political reviews · melanesia remained active in politics, and at the time of his death was the leader of the opposition. In order to understand Vanuatu's current political situation some awareness of the historical political alliances within Vanuatu is necessary. It is therefore appropriate to begin a consideration of 1999's political situation with a brief review of Lini's role in politics from the founding of Vanuatu. Lini had been instrumental in Vanuatu's struggle for independence, and, as leader of the Vanua`aku Party (vp) had headed a stable government until 1987. The party's major opposition came from the Union of Moderate Parties (ump) which was formed by the union of several small francophone parties. These parties were largely distinguished by their support bases, with the Vanua`aku Party attracting anglophone and the Union of Moderate Parties francophone voters. This francophone-anglophone divide continues to be a presence in Vanuatu's politics. After Lini's stroke in 1987 his leadership began to be challenged by Barak http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

1999 has seen the consolidation of political events in Vanuatu from the mid-nineties onward. It began with sadness for Vanuatu with the death of Father Walter Lini in February. He had suffered a stroke in 1987, but had political reviews · melanesia remained active in politics, and at the time of his death was the leader of the opposition. In order to understand Vanuatu's current political situation some awareness of the historical political alliances within Vanuatu is necessary. It is therefore appropriate to begin a consideration of 1999's political situation with a brief review of Lini's role in politics from the founding of Vanuatu. Lini had been instrumental in Vanuatu's struggle for independence, and, as leader of the Vanua`aku Party (vp) had headed a stable government until 1987. The party's major opposition came from the Union of Moderate Parties (ump) which was formed by the union of several small francophone parties. These parties were largely distinguished by their support bases, with the Vanua`aku Party attracting anglophone and the Union of Moderate Parties francophone voters. This francophone-anglophone divide continues to be a presence in Vanuatu's politics. After Lini's stroke in 1987 his leadership began to be challenged by Barak

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2000

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