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The Council of Ministers of Vanuatu is the cabinet (executive branch) of the government of the Republic of Vanuatu.

The Constitution of Vanuatu (art.39 (1)) specifies that "[t]he executive power of the people of the Republic of Vanuatu is vested in the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers". The number of Ministers must not "exceed a quarter of the number of members of Parliament" (art.40 (2)). The Prime Minister, elected by Parliament, appoints other Ministers from among the members of Parliament (art.42 (1)). The Council is "collectively responsible to Parliament" (art.43 (1)).[1]

Current Cabinet

The current Cabinet results from the September 2008 general election.[2] The following month, the Council was reshuffled to offer positions to the Union of Moderate Parties, which joined the ruling coalition.[3] In June 2009, the election of Minister for Foreign Affairs Bakoa Kaltongga was invalidated by the Supreme Court, leading to his dismissal from the Council of Ministers. On that occasion, Prime Minister Edward Natapei reshuffled his Cabinet again.[4] [5] In December 2009, a new reshuffle[6] produced the following Cabinet[7]:

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Portfolio Minister Party Constituency
Prime Minister,
Minister of Public Service
Edward Natapei Vanua'aku Pati Port Vila
Deputy Prime Minister,
Minister of Trades, Commerce and Industry
Sato Kilman People's Progress Party Malekula
Minister of Justice and Women’s Affairs Bakoa Kaltonga Vanua'aku Pati Efate
Minister of Finance and Economic Management Sela Molisa Vanua'aku Pati Santo
Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Paul Telukluk Namankiaute Malekula
Minister of Internal Affairs Moana Carcasses Kalosil Green Port Vila
Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities Serge Vohor Union of Moderate Parties Santo
Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities Charlot Salwai Union of Moderate Parties Pentecost
Minister of Health Moses Kahu Vanua'aku Pati Tanna
Minister of Foreign Affairs,
External Trade and Telecommunications
Joe Natuman Vanua'aku Pati Tanna
Minister of Agriculture Steven Kalsakau Union of Moderate Parties Efate
Minister of Ni-Vanuatu Business Dunstan Hilton People's Progress Party Banks & Torres
Minister of Sports and Youth Development Raphael Worwor Union of Moderate Parties Ambrym


  1. ^ Constitution of Vanuatu
  2. ^ "New Vanuatu PM names his cabinet line-up", Radio New Zealand International, September 22, 2008
  3. ^ "NUP and UMP lift cloud of uncertainty", Vanuatu Daily Post, October 3, 2008
  4. ^ "Natapei makes further reshuffle", Vanuatu Daily Post, June 22, 2009
  5. ^ "Composition du gouvernement de la République du Vanuatu", French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  6. ^ "Vanuatu speaker’s post at centre of parliamentary vote", Radio New Zealand International, December 8, 2009
  7. ^ Composition of Cabinet, on the website of the Parliament of Vanuatu (January 2010)


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