Vanuatu PM ousted in no-confidence vote

Because we absolutely do not get enough news from Vanuatu…

The prime minister of Vanuatu, Edward Natapei, has been ousted by a vote of no confidence in parliament while out of the country.

In the 2008 election, the largest party won 11 of 52 seats. So I imagine holding a coalition together is not so easy. (It’s a pure parliamentary system, with a ceremonial president.)

I have a more-than-passing interest in Vanuatu (pop. 221,552), because it is one of a small (and diminishing) number of countries to use SNTV for its national legislature. I even have Vanuatu data in a forthcoming paper on candidate vote distributions under SNTV and OLPR. So it’s nice to see the country’s politics in the news.

4 thoughts on “Vanuatu PM ousted in no-confidence vote

  1. Jack, thanks for asking. I am hoping to revise it a bit this winter break and then post it for comments (and, soon, submit it somewhere).

  2. Israel, the USA and Vanuatu… umm… all three have had a head of government named “Bara[c]k”, and… um….

  3. Vanuaatu once had possibly the silliest form of government on record. The Condominium of New Hebrides (unkindly known as the pandemonium of New Hebrides) had a British and a French governor, 2 official languages, 2 legal systems (or 3 if you count the law administered in the ‘mixed courts’), 2 school systems, 2 police forces, 3 bureaucracies and 3 court systems.

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