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.
According to Countryaah website, national day of Vanuatu is every July 30. 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.