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News and press articles on the Vanuatu citizenship program.

Ishmael Kalsakau is the new Prime Minister of Republic of Vanuatu

Ishmael Kalsakau has been elected unopposed as the 13th Prime Minister of the republic of Vanuatu by secret ballot.
Kalsakau was elected by the 52 members of the country's parliament on Friday 4 November.

"Thank you, thank you for the election," Kalsakau said after the vote.

The former prime minister and president of the Vanua'aku Party, Bob Loughman, stood up at the session and said his group had no candidate to put forward for prime minister but would vote for Kalsakau.
Under the national constitution, a prime minister must be elected by a secret ballot even if standing unopposed.

Kalsakau was elected by 50 votes, with two invalid votes.
At the time of his election the new coalition government led by Prime Minister Kalsakau was composed of eight political parties and no independents

Vanua’aku Pati’s Bob Loughman becomes new Vanuatu Prime Minister

The new Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu is Bob Loughman, president of the Vanua’aku Pati, the party that led the country into independence in 1980.

Loughman succeeds outgoing Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, who served a full four-year term.
The election of the new Prime Minister took place yesterday afternoon during the first sitting of the new 12th Legislature of the Republic of Vanuatu.

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Governments and IT in the fight against the Coroner virus and the problem of privacy

In the fight against coronavirus, governments around the world have turned to technology companies to develop applications for daily monitoring of human movements or to warn citizens when they come into contact with infected people. However, many fear that the use of these applications would lead to misuse of personal data.

Smartphones and other technology applications are widely used in Asian countries such as Singapore and South Korea to curb the spread of infections. In Europe, however, there are concerns about possible data misuse and data breaches, according to Reuters.

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Vanuatu signs MOU and Visa Waiver Agreement with Serbia

Thursday 21st November - 2019 saw the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu and his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dacic signed a Visa Waiver Agreement for holders of diplomatic, official and ordinary passport to facilitate and simplify travel procedures for the nationals of the two countries as well as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on technical cooperation and development.

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