New Vanuatu PM Salwai says “Parliament must hear the voice of the people”Posted: February 11, 2016
Political history was made in Vanuatu this afternoon, some 46 of the 52 MPs voting for Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas to become Prime Minister. The country’s new leader exemplifies the qualities required by the Unity Bloc or Pele Group. He stands out from the crowd and is ready to champion political and parliamentary reform and started on that path with his Re-unification group for Change. He moved away from the traditional francophone parties with which he had been associated at the time of the court judgements which put so many of his former political wantoks in prison where they remain.
In accepting the premiership, Charlot Salwai noted that in voting for him, over two thirds of the Parliament had voted for change. And “Parliament must hear the voice of the people,” he urged.
Voting this afternoon saw only 5 void votes.
Salwai was nominated by the Vanua’aku Pati’s Joe Natuman and Ham Lini of the National United Party in the same spirit of unification as seen in the lead-up to the snap general election. The Opposition grouping never lost his support in the press conferences given as MPs were trying their hardest to achieve the unity sought by the Head of State, Fr Baldwin Lonsdale.
PM Charlot Salwai has been a minister of state, and run successful businesses in the capital. He was meticulous when serving on the Parliamentary Accounts Committee.
He is well-known in his Central Pentecost home constituency.