Charlot Salwai

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The Honourable
Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas
Charlot Salwai, ITU Telecom World 2016 (cropped).jpg
Prime Minister of Vanuatu
Assumed office
11 February 2016
President Baldwin Lonsdale
Esmon Saimon (Acting)
Tallis Obed Moses
Preceded by Sato Kilman
MP for Pentecost
Assumed office
2 May 2002
Personal details
Born (1963-04-24) 24 April 1963 (age 55)
Pentecost Island
Political party Reunification Movement for
Residence Port Vila, Vanuatu
Occupation Accountant
Profession Politician

Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas[1] (born 24 April 1963)[2] is a ni-Vanuatu politician and former accountant and political advisor. He is the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, having been elected on 11 February 2016.[3] He is the leader of the Reunification of Movements for Change (RMC), which is part of the Unity for Change bloc. Salwai is a Francophone from Pentecost Island.[3]

Born in 1963, he learned speaking French as a teenager.[4] He attended Bourail College to obtain his General Education Certificate, Bourail Technical College to obtain his Technical Education Certificate, and Lycée Blaise Pascal in Nouméa for his Baccalauréat technologique G2.[2]

Salwai had previously served as Minister for Trade and Industries, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Minister for Education, Minister for Finance and Economic Management, and Minister of Internal Affairs.[2][5] He has also served as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Leader of the Opposition Whip, and Deputy Opposition Leader.[2]

In August 2016 he was re-elected as leader of the RMC.[6] In late November 2016 Salwai survived an attempt at a motion of no-confidence, with MP's being divided on procedural points regarding the motion and attachment of a summons.[7]

Salwai is a Protestant Christian and is able to speak some English. In the summer of 2017, he appeared in South Korea at the RUTC "World Remnant Conference".[8]


  1. ^ Howlett, Nick. "Climate change is real – and a major threat to Pacific islands region, says PM Salwai at UN General Assembly". Vanuatu Digest.
  2. ^ a b c d "Hon. Charlot Salwai", Vanuatu Parliament, 20 January 2015
  3. ^ a b "Charlot Salwai elected Vanuatu PM". Radio New Zealand. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Strengthening Pacific Ties". SPASIFIK.
  5. ^ Isno, Vira. "Hon. Charlot Salwai". Parliament of Vanuatu. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  6. ^ Rita Narayan (26 August 2016). "PM Charlot Salwai retains position as national President of RMC". Loop Vanuatu. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  7. ^ Dan McGary (30 November 2016). "Vanuatu Prime Minister Survives No-Confidence Attempt". Pacific Islands Report. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  8. ^ "주보 :: 임마누엘서울교회". Retrieved 2017-12-07.
Political offices
Preceded by
Sato Kilman
Prime Minister of Vanuatu