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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (March 31, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---The President of the Vanua'aku Pati, Donald Kalpokas, was elected new Vanuatu Prime Minister Monday, replacing Serge Vohor.

Kalpakos leads a coalition government made up of Parliament members from the Vanua'aku Pati (VP) and the National United Party (NUP).

The formation of the coalition government follows a memorandum of agreement signed by the two parties’ leaders, Kalpokas and NUP head Father Walter Lini, on March 18.

Thirty five of the 52-member parliament voted for Kalpakos, providing an easy win over former Prime Minister Serge Vohor, who received 17 votes.

Vohor had been Prime Minister since September 1996.

Kalpakos also will hold the portfolios of Minister of Public Service, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Comprehensive Reform Program.

Parliament members from the Vanua'aku Pati and the National United Party make up the new Cabinet.

The Council of Ministers consists of nine ministers and four assistant ministers.

National United Party President Father Walter Lini, has been appointed the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and Internal Affairs.

Others Council members are Minister of Finance Sela Molisa, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Joe Natuman, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries John Morrison, Minister of Lands, Geology and Mines Silas Hakwa, Minister of Infrastructure, Utilities and Public Works Stanley Reginald, Minister of Health John Robert and Minister of Trade and Business Development James Bule.

Additional major appointments include Assistant Ministers Clement Leo for Foreign Affairs, Daniel Bangtor for the Comprehensive Reform Program, Pastor Willie Ollie for Education, Youth and Sports, and Morkin Stevens Yatika for Trade and Business Development.

The former Speaker of Parliament, Edward Natapei, has been reelected to the position

John Tari Molbarav becomes First Deputy Speaker and George Wells Second Deputy Speaker.

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