OUSTED VANUATU LEADER PLANS TO RETURN TO THE POLLS

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Maxime Carlot Korman was expelled by Parliament last month

By Jane Joshua PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Sept. 18, 2011) - Vanuatu Republican Party (VRP) President Member of Parliament Maxime Carlot Korman will contest the four Efate seats when Vanuatu returns to the polls in 2012.

[PIR editor’s note: Maxime Carlot Korman was the first francophone Prime Minister of Vanuatu. He held the post for close to five years in the early 90’s. He was formerly serving as Speaker of the Parliament and as acting President.]

The Port Vila Member of Parliament, who was expelled by Parliament last month, has now decided to be in the race with his nephew Foreign Affairs Minister Carlot who defected from the VRP and formed the NATATOK party.

His decision to run was based on the wish and interest of the people of Efate Rural.

Political commentators say the veteran politician will use the 2012 election to demonstrate to the people of Efate who is the popular "Carlot" when it comes to Politics.

Member of Parliament Korman has not lost an election since 1979.

In a statement to the Media the VRP president appealed to potential candidates who are interested to contest the 2012 elections in the Port Vila Constituency under the VRP platform to submit their applications listing their reasons and number of voters to contest.

He also revealed that VRP has already appointed a VRP president for the Efate rural in Mr. Swal Kalmarie who is now working with supporters in Efate Rural as VRP gears up for the 2012 general elections.

Four years ago when Vanuatu went to polls the VRP secured seven seats in Parliament, the same figure as the Union of Moderate Parties (UMP) and is ranked fourth highest with 4,675 votes.

Third was the UMP with 5,329 votes (seven seats), the Vanuatu National United Party with 6,296 votes (eight seats) and Vanua’aku Pati with at the top with 9,743 votes and clinching 11 seats.

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