|2nd Prime Minister of Vanuatu|
30 March 1998 – 25 November 1999
Edward Natapei (Acting)
|Preceded by||Serge Vohor|
|Succeeded by||Barak Sopé|
6 September 1991 – 16 December 1991
|President||Frederick Karlomuana Timakata|
|Preceded by||Walter Lini|
|Succeeded by||Maxime Carlot Korman|
Donald Masike'Vanua Kalpokas
23 August 1943
Lelepa Island, New Hebrides
|Died||20 March 2019 (aged 75)|
Lelepa Island, Vanuatu
|Political party||Vanua'aku Pati|
Kalpokas was born on Efate island. Along with Walter Lini, he founded the Vanua'aku Pati. This political party promoted socialist policies as well as supporting and promoting political independence for Vanuatu. In 1983, Kalpokas became foreign minister of Vanuatu but forfeited his position after a few months. He became foreign minister again in 1987 and remained in this post for a full four year tenure.
On 6 September 1991, Kalpokas and other members of the Vanua'aku Pati defected from Lini's government and supported a no-confidence vote against him. Kalpokas then became an interim Prime Minister until the next parliamentary elections. The elections resulted in the opposition Union of Moderate Parties taking control of the government, and Kalpokas left office on 16 December 1991.
In March 1998, following parliamentary elections, which resulted in gains for the Vanua'aku Pati and Lini's National United Party, Kalpokas and Lini formed a coalition government. Kalpokas took office as prime minister again on 30 March 1998. He also became a foreign minister for the third time but soon gave up his post. The government collapsed in November 1999 when Kalpokas resigned as prime minister to prevent a no-confidence vote.
In 2001, after nearly a decade as leader of the Vanua'aku Pati, Kalpokas gave up the party leadership. He served as Speaker of the Parliament from May 2001 to May 2002. In August 2004, he was a candidate to become President of Vanuatu, and received 26 votes in the first round but then withdrew as it became clear that he would not be able to gain enough support.
Kalpokas died on 20 March 2019, at the age of 75.