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[New post] Election 2016: Can a new coalition government kick-start the economy?

WordPress.com dailyvanuatu posted: " Analysis by Anna Naupa This post first appeared in the Lowy Institute's The Interpreter. The past year has tested Vanuatu’s economic and political resilience. Following the devastation wreaked by Category 5 Cyclone Pam in the island archipelago in Mar" Respond to this post by replying above this line New post on Vanuatu Daily Digest Election 2016: Can a new coalition government kick-start the economy? by dailyvanuatu A child in Ipota, Erromango amid the damage caused by Cyclone Pam in March, 2015. Photo: EC/ECHO Analysis by Anna Naupa This post first appeared in the Lowy Institute's The Interpreter. The past year has tested Vanuatu’s economic and political resilience. Following the devastation wreaked by Category 5 Cyclone Pam in the island archipelago in March, economic recovery was elusive and made harder by months of political instability and constitutional uncertainty. October saw 14 members of parliament convicted for bribery, including the deputy prime minister, and an attempt by one of the convicted MPs to grant himself and his associates a presidential pardon. Eventually judicial independence and constitutional integrity won out, but the year’s hardships crippled the functioning of the national administration and delayed the passing of a 2016 national budget. The snap election on 22 January 2016 promised a new chapter for the country, but it is still unclear whether the election result will facilitate the political stability needed to kick-start economic recovery. The election embodied Vanuatu’s prevailing political culture: Read more of this post dailyvanuatu | February 3, 2016 at 6:00 am | Tags: 2016 General Election, election results, political parties, politics, Vanuatu | Categories: Opinion | URL: http://wp.me/p2A4RK-R1 Comment    See all comments Unsubscribe to no longer receive posts from Vanuatu Daily Digest. Change your email settings at Manage Subscriptions. Trouble clicking? Copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://ift.tt/1nDWhYE Thanks for flying with WordPress.com

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