Natuman names cabinet line-up


Fri 16 May 2014

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- In a move showing a political wisdom and maturity, the election of veteran politician and nationally respected Joe Natuman will be hailed as a political achievement for the young Melanesian nation, according to the Vanuatu Daily News Digest.

The online news service said more MPs crossed the floor Thursday in a show of solidarity to remove Moana Carcasses Kalosil and elect Natuman as Prime Minister.

Despite the presence of many political parties in Parliament, 40 MP's supported Joe Natuman's bid for Prime Ministership.

Vanuatu Digest reports the coming together of most of the political parties to remove Carcasses showed that old enmities have not been allowed to play any part in the transition.

Proven abilities have been recognized and the move showed a return to the indigenous leadership required from independence.

Immediately after his election yesterday afternoon, PM Natuman announced his new cabinet line-up.

His deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Commerce will be former Prime Minister, Ham Lini Vanuararoa.

Another former Prime Minister, Sato Kilman Livtanvanu becomes the new Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Finance remains with Maki Simelum and Internal Affairs will be looked after by Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas.

The Ministry of Education remains with Bob Loughman and the new Minister for Health is George Andre Wells.

Alfred Carlot is the Minister for Justice and Climate Change will be the responsibility of James Bule.

The Ministry of Lands remains with Ralph Regenvanu and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries remains with David Tosul.

The new Minister of Youth and Sport is Don Ken and the Ministry of Infrastructure remains with Esmon Sae.

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