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    Vanuatu Government - 1990

      Long-form name: Republic of Vanuatu

      Type: republic

      Capital: Port-Vila

      Administrative divisions: 11 island councils; Ambrym, Aoba/Maewo, Banks/Torres, Efate, Epi, Malakula, Paama, Pentecote, Santo/Malo, Shepherd, Tafea

      Independence: 30 July 1980 (from France and UK; formerly New Hebrides)

      Constitution: 30 July 1980

      Legal system: unified system being created from former dual French and British systems

      National holiday: Independence Day, 30 July (1980)

      Executive branch: president, prime minister, Council of Ministers (cabinet)

      Legislative branch: unicameral Parliament; note--the National Council of Chiefs advises on matters of custom and land

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court

      Leaders: Chief of State--President Frederick TIMAKATA (since 30 January 1989); Head of Government--Prime Minister Father Walter Hadye LINI (since 30 July 1980); Deputy Prime Minister (vacant)

      Political parties and leaders: National Party (Vanua'aku Pati), Walter Lini; Union of Moderate Parties, Maxine Carlot; Melanesian Progressive Party, Barak Sope

      Suffrage: universal at age 18

      Elections: Parliament--last held 30 November 1987 (next to be held NA); byelections were held NA December 1988 to fill vacancies resulting from the expulsion of opposition members for boycotting sessions; results--percent of vote by party NA; seats--(46 total) National Party 26, Union of Moderate Parties 19, independent 1

      Member of: ACP, ADB, Commonwealth, ESCAP, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, IDA, IFC, IMF, ITU, NAM, SPF, UN, WHO, WMO

      Diplomatic representation: Vanuatu does not have a mission in Washington; US--the ambassador in Papua New Guinea is accredited to Vanuatu

      Flag: two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and green (bottom) with a black isosceles triangle (based on the hoist side) all separated by a black-edged yellow stripe in the shape of a horizontal Y (the two points of the Y face the hoist side and enclose the triangle); centered in the triangle is a boar's tusk encircling two crossed namele leaves, all in yellow

      NOTE: The information regarding Vanuatu on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Vanuatu Government 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Vanuatu Government 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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