The republic of Vanuatu is a democratic country, with a unicameral framework of parliament comnsisting of 52 members. General elections are held after every 4 years
The president serves for a five year term and is elected by secret ballot by the members of the Electoral College. The Electoral College consists of all the MPs (52) plus the president of the six provincial councils.
HE Iolu Johnson Abil Kaniapnin is the current president and the prime minister of Vanuatu is Edward Natapei.
(Source: vanuatu.travel, fco.gov.uk, dfat.gov.au)
Regulatory environment in Vanuatu
The Government in Vanuatu is based on on a parliamentary democracy, where the head of the state is a chosen representative of the people and is bound to govern by constitutional law.
Vanuatu’s economic freedom score was 56.7, making its economy the 112th freest in the 2011 index of economic freedom. Vanuatu ranks 20th out of 41 regional countries in the Asia–Pacific region. Vanuatu’s overall score is below the world average.
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is a survey to measure the perceived level of corruption across countries worldwide. Vanuatu ranked 73rd on CPI in 2010 with a score of 3.6, indicating the corruption levels across the country was moderate.
Freedom of information
Media in Vanuatu is operated by a single TV channel. This channel was established with the help of Radio France Overseas (RFO) and is broadcasted in French and English.
- Vanuatu Weekly
- Vanuatu Daily Post
- L'Hebdo Du Vanuatu
- Port Vila Presse
The judiciary in Vanuatu consists of :
- Island Courts
- Magistrates' Court
- Supreme Court
- Court of Appeal
The chief justice of Supreme Court is appointed by the president and the leader of the opposition after consulting with the prime minister. The president also appoints three other justices after consulting the Judicial Services Commission.
The Court of Appeal is the highest appellate court consisting of two or more judges from the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal's decisions are final. The Court of Appeal frequently includes senior judges from other common law countries in its region.