New Govt committed to change, announces Cabinet; new Directors-General; bye bye Cyclone WinstonPosted: February 12, 2016
Good news today: as we reported earlier, Cyclone Winston is slowly moving away from Vanuatu, to everyone’s great relief.
And the other good news is a government committed to change which the public quite clearly wanted. We gave you the details yesterday. Congratulations to Charlot Salwai (new PM) whose party is unwavering over the need for adaptation. And congratulations to those major parties ready to accept and promote change to accommodate a new political environment. The new Cabinet line-up is as follows:
|Prime Minister||Hon. Charlot SALWAI||Reunification Movement for Change|
|Deputy Prime Minister / Minister for Tourism, Trade, Commerce & Ni-Vanuatu Business||Hon. Joe NATUMAN||Vanua’aku Party|
|Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Forestry & Biosecurity||Hon. Seremaia MATAI||Independent|
|Minister for Meteorology, Climate Change, Adaptation, Energy and Natural Disasters||Hon. Ham LINI||National United Party|
|Minister for Education||Hon. Jean-Pierre NIRUA||Independent|
|Minister for Finance and Economic Management||Hon. Gaetan PIKIOUNE||Nagriamel Party|
|Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Co-operation & External Trade||Hon. Bruno LEINGKONE||National United Party|
|Minister for Health||Hon. Toara DANIEL||Vanuatu Green Confederation|
|Minister for Infrastructure & Public Utilities||Hon. Jotham NAPAT||Leaders’ Party of Vanuatu|
|Minister for Internal Affairs||Hon. Alfred MAOH||Graon mo Jastis Party|
|Minister for Justice & Community Services||Hon. Ronald WARSAL||Vanua’aku Party|
|Minister for Lands & Natural Resources||Hon. Ralph REGENVANU||Graon mo Jastis Party|
|Minister for Youth Development & Sports||Hon. Nato TAIWIA||Melanesian Progressive Party|
Thirty-two MPs were together on Pele Island and supporting the candidacy of Charlot Salwai to become new Prime Minister of Vanuatu. Salwai heads the RMC grouping, GJP is led by Ralph Regenvanu, Joe Natuman presently heads the Vanua’aku Pati executive, and Ham Lini controls NUP. Independent MPs supported Jotham Napat in forming the new government.
UMP politically remains with the Iauko Group and some other MPs outside of the new coalition. This was seen in their position taking in the House yesterday.
The new Prime Minister has appointed five new Directors General. They are Jesse Benjamin for Climate Change, Johnson Binaru for Public Utilities, Cherol Ala for Internal Affairs, Letlet August for Finance and George Taleo for the Health Ministry. The Foreign Affairs DG position is to be re-advertised Radio Vanuatu advised this morning.
Daily Post today carries news of an earthworks contract signing for a new Correctional facility at Luganville. It will be located near the present site. Work is expected to be completed next year.
A new aerial ambulance is soon to make its way to Port Vila. The turboprop aircraft will have the assistance of Promedical staff for patient loading, unloading and treatment.