Literacy, as least as developed countries conceive of it, isn’t everything, writer JB Whitmore discovers in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu last week signalled its support for China’s position on the South China Sea territorial dispute, a move described in overseas media as “predictable” and a “classic Vanuatu” diplomatic move. Likewise, PM Salwai’s recent calls for procedural integrity in the selection of a new Director-General for the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat and Vanuatu’s long-standing defiance of Indonesia over West Papua together portray a distinctive approach to political affairs. Vanuatu’s political style is one of many documented by Victoria University Press’s new edition of Pacific Ways: Government and Politics in the Pacific Islands. Read the rest of this entry »
Government has generated vt26 million through candidacy application fees for the upcoming January 22 General Election.
The current Charge d’Affaires at Vanuatu’s embassy in Beijing, Willie Toama has filed a constitutional challenge against the Electoral Office, after being declared ineligible to contest the election. Toama is hoping to stand for the Moderate Alliance in the Tanna constituency.
The judgement in the conspiracy case against the 11 convicted MPs and their lawyer Wilson Aumai will be delivered Read the rest of this entry »