President of Vanuatu

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President of Vanuatu
Presidential Standard of Vanuatu.svg
Presidential Standard of Vanuatu
Iolu Abil UNDP 2010.jpg
Incumbent
Iolu Abil

since September 2, 2009 (2009-09-02)
Style His Excellency
Term length Five years
Inaugural holder Ati George Sokomanu
July 30, 1980
Formation Constitution of Vanuatu
July 30, 1980
Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Vanuatu

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.

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.

List of Presidents[edit]

Portrait Name Term Affiliation
1 Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Ati George Sokomanu 30 July 1980 – 17 February 1984 Vanua'aku Pati
Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Frederick Karlomuana Timakata 17 February 1984 – 8 March 1984
Acting
Vanua'aku Pati
(1) Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Ati George Sokomanu 8 March 1984 – 12 January 1989 Vanua'aku Pati
Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Onneyn Tahi 12 January 1989 – 30 January 1989
Acting
Vanua'aku Pati
2 Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Frederick Karlomuana Timakata 30 January 1989 – 30 January 1994 Vanua'aku Pati
Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Alfred Maseng 30 January 1994 – 2 March 1994
Acting
Union of Moderate Parties
3 Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Jean Marie Leye Lenelgau 2 March 1994 – 2 March 1999 Union of Moderate Parties
Edward Natapei 2009.jpg Edward Natapei 2 March 1999 – 24 March 1999
Acting
Vanua'aku Pati
4 Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg John Bani 25 March 1999 – 24 March 2004 Union of Moderate Parties
Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Roger Abiut 24 March 2004 – 12 April 2004
Acting
Vanuatu Labour Party
5 Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Alfred Maseng 12 April 2004 – 11 May 2004
Election invalidated[1]
Union of Moderate Parties
Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Roger Abiut 11 May 2004 – 28 July 2004
Acting
Vanuatu Labour Party
Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Josias Moli 28 July 2004 – 16 August 2004
Acting
Union of Moderate Parties
6 Kalkot Mataskelekele.jpg Kalkot Mataskelekele 16 August 2004 – 16 August 2009 National United Party
Coat of Arms of Vanuatu.svg Maxime Carlot Korman 16 August 2009 – 2 September 2009
Acting
Vanuatu Republican Party
7 Iolu Abil UNDP 2010.jpg Iolu Abil 2 September 2009 – Incumbent Vanua'aku Pati

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VANUATU: President Removed by Supreme Court". RNZI (Pacific Magazine). 2004-05-11. Retrieved 2008-08-01.