Vanuatu. In the May 2 election, the ruling party VP
(Vanuaaku Pati) received 14 seats in parliament and the UMP
(Union of Moderate Parties) 15. Although the opposition
party became the largest, the parties agreed that Edward
Natapei (VP) would remain as prime minister.
Countryaah website, the police system was shaken during the summer by a power
struggle at the highest level. The background was a conflict
over a new police chief who was appointed in July. In
November, a lawsuit was initiated against eight police
officers, who were charged with mutiny.
Two earthquakes in January demanded no casualties but,
according to the country's emergency authority, caused
damage to about $ 700,000.
Vanuatu is one of seven countries that remain on the
OECD's black list of tax havens and are threatened by
penalties if they do not accept increased transparency in
the banking business.