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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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Incumbent
Tallis Obed Moses

since 6 July 2017
StyleHis Excellency
Term lengthFive years
Inaugural holderAti George Sokomanu
July 30, 1980
FormationConstitution 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.

In case of vacancy, the Speaker of the Parliament will be acting President.

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
2   Frederick Karlomuana Timakata
(1936–1995)
17 February 1984

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

12 January 1989
Vanua'aku Pati
3   Onneyn Tahi
(1944–1998)
12 January 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 April 2004
Vanuatu Labour Party
9   Alfred Maseng
(1900-d. 2004)
12 April 2004

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

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

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

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

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

2 September 2014
Vanua'aku Pati
15   Philip Boedoro
(1958–)
2 September 2014

22 September 2014
Vanua'aku Pati
16   Baldwin Lonsdale
(1948–2017)
22 September 2014

17 June 2017
Independent
17   Esmon Saimon
(1955–)
17 June 2017

6 July 2017
Melanesian Progressive Party
18   Tallis Obed Moses
(1954–)
6 July 2017

Incumbent
Independent

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "VANUATU: President Removed by Supreme Court". RNZI. Pacific Magazine. 2004-05-11. Archived from the original on 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2008-08-01.