Head of State

Wife of Vanuatu's first head of state farewelled

Known to everyone as Vanuatu's first ever First Lady, Leitak was Ati George Sokomanu's helper during the struggle towards the birth of a new nation in the 1970s.

She would cook and ensure people could gather at the family home for meals and avoid the attention of the French and British colonial masters.

At the funeral the wife of Vanuatu's first Prime Minister, Mary Lini, said Leitak is Vanuatu's Mother of Independence, because of all the commitments she made to George and his friends and their families, so could continue the mission of achieving Independence.

Barbados to remove Queen as head of state

A former British colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados has maintained a formal link with the British monarchy as have some other countries that were once part of the British empire.

"The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind," said Barbados Governor-General Sandra Mason, delivering a speech on behalf of the country's Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Vanuatu Head of State declares extension of State of Emergency

The declaration was issued on the advice of the Council of Ministers (COM).

The Declaration of State of Emergency Order No. 70 of 2020, states:

"In Exercise of the powers conferred on me by subsection 32(1) of the Disaster Risk Management Act Mo. 23 of 2019, I, His Excellency Tallis Obed Moses, President of the Republic of Vanuatu, on the advice of the Council of Ministers, make the following Declaration of State of Emergency.

"1. Extension of the Declaration of State of Emergency

Vanuatu to select president next month

The head of state position was left vacant after President Baldwin Lonsdale died on Saturday.

According to a writ issued by the chief justice, nominations for presidential candidates can be filed before next Wednesday.

The electoral college will then vote to nominate a candidate.

The college consists of the 52 members of parliament, the presidents of local government councils and the mayors of Vanuatu's three municipalities.