Vanuatu elects new president after eight rounds of voting

President-elect Nikenike Vurobaravu of Vanuatu
Nikenike Vurobaravu ... Vanuatu's new President-elect of the Republic. Image: Hilaire Bule/RNZ

RNZ Pacific

Nikenike Vurobaravu has been voted the 12th President of the Republic of Vanuatu.

It took eight rounds of voting by the 58-member Electoral College before he secured the required minimum number of 38 this afternoon.

In the end he got a resounding 47 votes, after the Prime Minister, Bob Loughman, reached a deal with the nine MPs of the coalition party led by former prime minister, Charlot Salwai.

Those nine MPs have been part of the government for the past year but had fallen out with Loughman over his plans for constitutional reform.

Nikenike Vurobaravu, Vanuatu President
Nikenike Vurobaravu … most recently he was Vanuatu’s High Commissioner to Fiji. Image: Hilaire Bule/RNZ

The new president has had involvement with Vanuatu governments going back many years.

Most recently he has been the High Commissioner to Fiji.

Vurobaravu has promised to encourage unity around the country and to promote the issue of climate change.

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