Vanuatu Women Back Reconciliation Process

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Recognition that process will wait for the justice system

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, November 3, 2015) – Vanuatu's National Council of Women says the political stalemate in the country makes a mockery of the Christian principles and its Melanesian values and tradition.

14 MPs are in jail while the prime minister Sato Kilman continues to run a minority government with 13 MPs.

The opposition wants the prime minister to stand down but Mr Kilman has called for the president, Baldwin Lonsdale, to dissolve parliament.

Appeals by the jailed MPs are due to be heard next Monday.

The Council's chief executive, Leias Cullwick, agrees a reconciliation will be needed to end the rift but this cannot happen now as is being advocated by a number of chiefs who have arrived in Port Vila.

"We will have to wait for the justice system to complete its duty. After that we will make sure and ensure that a peaceful reconciliation is done by the chiefs of this nation."


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