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The President of Vanuatu is the head of state of Vanuatu. The President is elected for a five-year term by an electoral college consisting of Parliament and the presidents of the regional councils.

President of Vanuatu
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Presidential Standard of Vanuatu
Esmon Saimon, Acting President of Vanuatu.jpg
Incumbent
Esmon Saimon
Acting

since 17 June 2017
Style His Excellency
Term length Five years
Inaugural holder Ati George Sokomanu
July 30, 1980
Formation Constitution of Vanuatu
July 30, 1980

The President's role is mostly ceremonial. One function reserved to him or her by the Constitution is the appointment of the chief justice of the Supreme Court, and three other justices.

From 1906 to 1980 the List of Resident Commissioners of the New Hebrides was held by British and French colonial officials. From 1887 to 1906 the New Hebrides was led by Anglo-French Joint Naval Commissioners.

List of PresidentsEdit

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term Affiliation
1   Ati George Sokomanu
(1937–)
30 July 1980

17 February 1984
Vanua'aku Pati
  Frederick Karlomuana Timakata
(1936–1995)
Acting President
17 February 1984

8 March 1984
Vanua'aku Pati
(1)   Ati George Sokomanu
(1937–)
8 March 1984

12 January 1989
Vanua'aku Pati
  Onneyn Tahi
Acting President
12 January 1989

30 January 1989
Vanua'aku Pati
2   Frederick Karlomuana Timakata
(1936–1995)
30 January 1989

30 January 1994
Vanua'aku Pati
  Alfred Maseng
(d. 2004)
Acting President
30 January 1994

2 March 1994
Union of Moderate Parties
3   Jean Marie Leye Lenelgau
(1932–2014)
2 March 1994

2 March 1999
Union of Moderate Parties
  Edward Natapei
(1954–2015)
Acting President
2 March 1999

24 March 1999
Vanua'aku Pati
4   John Bani
(1941–)
25 March 1999

24 March 2004
Union of Moderate Parties
  Roger Abiut
(1972–)
Acting President
24 March 2004

12 April 2004
Vanuatu Labour Party
5   Alfred Maseng
(d. 2004)
12 April 2004

11 May 2004
(Election invalidated)[1]
Union of Moderate Parties
  Roger Abiut
(1972–)
Acting President
11 May 2004

28 July 2004
Vanuatu Labour Party
  Josias Moli
(1972–)
Acting President
28 July 2004

16 August 2004
Union of Moderate Parties
6   Kalkot Mataskelekele
(1949–)
16 August 2004

16 August 2009
National United Party
  Maxime Carlot Korman
(1942–)
Acting President
16 August 2009

2 September 2009
Vanuatu Republican Party
7   Iolu Abil
(1942–)
2 September 2009

2 September 2014
Vanua'aku Pati
  Philip Boedoro
(1942–)
Acting President
2 September 2014

22 September 2014
Vanua'aku Pati
8   Baldwin Lonsdale
(1950–2017)
22 September 2014

17 June 2017
Independent
  Esmon Saimon
Acting President
17 June 2017

Incumbent
Melanesian Progressive Party

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "VANUATU: President Removed by Supreme Court". RNZI. Pacific Magazine. 2004-05-11. Retrieved 2008-08-01.