Today's Pacific News - Sunday, June 18, 2017

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Vanuatu In Mourning After President's Sudden Death

 

Vanuatu was in a state of mourning on Saturday after its revered president, Baldwin Lonsdale, died unexpectedly. He was 67. He was rushed to Vila Central Hospital late on Friday night after a suspected heart attack, but died just after midnight.

"Vanuatu has lost one of its greatest leaders," said Sela Molisa, a former long-time parliamentarian who described the late president as a humble, gentle man. "Vanuatu was lucky to have had him."

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Main PNG Parties Diverge On Economy

 

With Papua New Guinea's election fast approaching, divisions are widening between the two biggest political parties on management of the economy. The leader of the second biggest party, the National Alliance, says it wants to steer government away from borrowing for non-essential infrastructure.

Patrick Pruaitch was removed as Treasurer by prime minister Peter O'Neill last month after saying PNG's economy had "fallen off a cliff" due to reckless spending.

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Anti-Independence Camp Wins Big In French Pacific

 

The two candidates of the anti-independence Caledonia Together Party have won the territory's two seats in the French National Assembly.

Philippe Gomes, who was the incumbent, retained his seat by defeating Louis Mapou of the pro-independence side in yesterday's second round of voting.

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Former President Sarkozy Enters New Caledonia Campaign

 

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy has entered New Caledonia's election campaign, endorsing an anti-independence candidate Philippe Gomes in this weekend's election of a new French National Assembly.

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Tonga's PM Thanks NZ For Supporting Drive For Democracy

 

Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva praised the New Zealand government for its support in the drive for more democracy in Tonga, and said that he and the New Zealand Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Bill English had "an excellent meeting" in Nuku’alofa last week.

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Former Politician Decries Fiji's Coup Culture

 

A former opposition leader in Fiji has decried the promotion of lieutenant colonel Pio Tikoduadua to the presidency of the opposition National Federation Party.

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5 Dead, 11 Missing In Solomon Boat Accident

 

Five are confirmed dead, while 11 are still missing from the Marau boat tragedy. As the police patrol boat with local boats combed the seas off Marau in the eastern coast of Guadalcanal, hopes of finding the missing 11 alive become slimmer. Four dead bodies were recovered on Friday after an earlier discovery of the body of a child on Thursday

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Samoa PM Appointed Special Ambassador Of The International Year Of Sustainable Tourism 2017

 

The World Tourism Organisation has appointed Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.

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Manus Detainee Says US$53 Million Settlement Not Enough

 

A Manus Island detainee says the financial settlement reached with the Australian government is not big enough.1905 detainees are set to share US$53 million (A$70 million) after seeking damages for wrongful imprisonment and suffering.

About 900 men are still in the Papua New Guinea detention centre and one of them, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani, said the men should consider rejecting the settlement. Mr Boochani said before lawyers fees were extracted the men would only receive about $AU37,000 each.

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Ahead Of PNG Elections Political Parties Agree To Joint Statement Promoting A Democratic Election

 

Political parties contesting the upcoming elections have agreed to promote democratic elections and a peaceful campaign environment  leading up to the elections.

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