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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (January 19, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Former Vanuatu Prime Minister Maxime Carlot Korman has formed a new political party. A breakaway faction of the Union of Moderate Parties, it is made up of mostly French-speaking Ni-Vanuatu members.

Carlot Korman announced the new party, called Ripabliken Paty Blong Vanuatu, with Carlot Korman is its President, in a news release Monday.

The RPV will contest the coming March 6 general elections. Carlot Korman is calling on his supporters to contact the party's new office in Port Vila to make preparation for the campaign.

The formation of the party is the culmination of a bitter rivalry between Carlot Korman and UMP President, Prime Minister Serge Vohor. The leadership rivalry led to the dissolution of Parliament last month by President Jean-Marie Leye and the calling of new elections just halfway into the four-year term of the current Parliament.

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