Priest is Vanuatu President

Big shoes to fill for Tallis

ON Thursday July 6, 2017, the people of Vanuatu welcomed their ninth Head of State. Obed Moses Tallis became the new elected President of the Republic of Vanuatu after the Electoral College sat for three days of voting at the Parliament Chambers.

One of 16 candidates which included an impressive list of former prime ministers and public servants, Tallis won the ballot after four rounds of voting, securing his position by 19 votes, giving him 39 votes, one more above the required 38 votes needed. Born in 1954, in Port Vato, West Ambrym in the Malampa Province, the 9th Head of State did his primary and secondary school years in Port Vato from 1964 to 1970.

He then took up teaching services from 1971 to 1972. Obed Moses Tallis attended Tangoa Presbyterian Bible Institute in South Santo from 1977 to 1978. He studied at the Sydney Missionary and Bible College in Australia from 1980-81, graduating with a Diploma in Divinity and Mission.

He moved on to study at Talua Bible College in Vanuatu between 1985 and 1986 picking up another Diploma in Theology. Tallis then moved back to Australia in 1989 studying at Alan Walker School of Evangelism, where he graduated in 1989 with a Certificate of Merit. In 1987,Tallis got his first appointment on the island of Erromango as a pastor, a position he held until 1990.

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