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Vanuatu

Vanuatu In national politics, the year began with Ham Lini as prime minister of a newly formed government. Ham Lini is a relative newcomer to national politics, only assuming a leadership role in National United Party (nup) following the death of his brother in 1999. He gained the position of prime minister in December 2004, after a no-confidence vote in the short-lived government that had been formed following the July 2004 elections, led by Serge Vohor (Union of Moderate Parties, or ump). While there was some talk that this was "Vanuatu's Lini legacy revived" (PVPO, 14 Dec 2004), Ham Lini is operating in an environment more political than the one that existed for his brother, Father Walter Hadye Lini, in the years following independence. Father Lini, who was prime minister from 1980 to 1991, operated under what was basically a two-party system. He led a Vanua`aku Party (vp) government. The primary opposition was the ump, which had its roots in a collection of several small francophone parties. Following the 1987 election, only three parties-- vp, ump, and the Fren Melanesian Party (which had one seat)--were represented in Parliament. However, 1987 marked the beginning of the change to a political http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

In national politics, the year began with Ham Lini as prime minister of a newly formed government. Ham Lini is a relative newcomer to national politics, only assuming a leadership role in National United Party (nup) following the death of his brother in 1999. He gained the position of prime minister in December 2004, after a no-confidence vote in the short-lived government that had been formed following the July 2004 elections, led by Serge Vohor (Union of Moderate Parties, or ump). While there was some talk that this was "Vanuatu's Lini legacy revived" (PVPO, 14 Dec 2004), Ham Lini is operating in an environment more political than the one that existed for his brother, Father Walter Hadye Lini, in the years following independence. Father Lini, who was prime minister from 1980 to 1991, operated under what was basically a two-party system. He led a Vanua`aku Party (vp) government. The primary opposition was the ump, which had its roots in a collection of several small francophone parties. Following the 1987 election, only three parties-- vp, ump, and the Fren Melanesian Party (which had one seat)--were represented in Parliament. However, 1987 marked the beginning of the change to a political

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 27, 2006

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