• Talks under way to build coalition government in Vanuatu


    WELLINGTON: Negotiations were underway in Vanuatu on Monday to form a coalition government as unofficial results indicated the corruption scandal that triggered a snap election took its toll on political ranks. Several long-term members of parliament appear to have lost their seats, according to unofficial figures collated by local news media. Fourteen MPs from the 52-seat parliament were jailed last year in a corruption scandal, which followed years of political instability in the impoverished Pacific archipelago. The prelimi-nary results from Friday’s ballot show a record 10 independent MPs in the assembly, with 17 political parties represented in all, though eight of them have just one successful MP.



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