Vanuatu Prime Minister Lost Position Over Forgotten Absent Notes

Vanuatu Prime Minister Edward Natapei lost his parliamentary seat, and technically the Prime Minister post, after forgetting to submit notes explaining why he was absent on the last three parliamentary sittings. Vanuatu will have a caretaker government until parliament elects a new prime minister next week.vanuatu-prime-minister-edward-natapei

Natapei was in a commonwealth meeting in Trinidad and Tobago when he lost his seat and position.

The Speaker of the House has the right to declare a seat vacant if three consecutive absences occurred without explanation. The staff of Natapei only has to submit paperworks signed by him explaining where he is.

“It’s a massive oversight by the prime minister’s people,” said Derek Brien of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy. “All they had to do was give notice he’s away on official business.”

Vanuatu is an island nation in South Pacific Ocean. It is an archipelago consisting of approximately 82 islands. It gained independence from France and United Kingdom in 1980.