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Parliament of Vanuatu

Palament blong Vanuatu
12th Parliament
Logo of the Parliament of Vanuatu.png
Gracia Shadrack, LPV
since 20 April 2020
Bob Loughman, Vanua'aku Pati
since 20 April 2020[1]
Leader of the Opposition
Ralph Regenvanu, Land and Justice Party
since 20 April 2020[2]
Seats52 members
Vanuatu Parliament 2020.svg
Political groups
  •   GJP (9)
  •   VP (7)
  •   RMC (7)
  •   LPV (5)
  •   UMP (5)
  •   NUP (4)
  • Others (15)
Single non-transferable vote
Last election
19 March 2020
Next election
October 2022
Meeting place
Vanuatu Parliament, Port Vila - Flickr - PhillipC.jpg
Port Vila

The Parliament of Vanuatu (Bislama: Palamen blong Vanuatu ; French: Parlement du Vanuatu) is the unicameral legislative body of the Republic of Vanuatu.

It was established by chapter 4 of the 1980 Constitution, upon Vanuatu's independence from France and the United Kingdom.[3]

The functioning of Parliament is derived from the British Westminster system, and includes the principle of parliamentary supremacy, within the limits of the Constitution. The President, as a figurehead, may not veto parliamentary legislation, unless he considers it may be contrary to the Constitution, in which case he may refer it to the Supreme Court, and veto it only if the Supreme Court declares it to be contrary to the Constitution. Parliament is composed of fifty-two members, directly elected by citizens from multi-member constituencies for a four-year term.[3][4]

Parliament elects the Prime Minister from among its members. Members of Parliament are also, along with the presidents of Regional Councils, members of the electoral college which elects the President, for a five-year term.[4]

The current Speaker of the Parliament is the Hon. Seoule Simeon who has held the position since june 2021.


This is a list of members of the 12th Parliament of Vanuatu returned in the 2020 elections.

Constituency Winning candidate Party
Torres (1 seat) Claude Christophe Antoine Emelee Vanuatu National Development Party
Banks (1 seat) Danis Silas Land and Justice Party
Santo (7 seats) Rick Mahe Tchamako Reunification Movement for Change
Gaetan Pikioune Vanuatu Liberal Movement
Alfred Maoh Land and Justice Party
Stevens Nano Fabiano Vemarana
Samson Samsen Vanuatu Cultural Self-reliance Movement
Pikoune Joshua Leonard Nagriamel
Sakaes Lulu People's Progressive Party
Malo/Aore (1 seat) Rasu Wesley Vanua'aku Pati
Luganville (2 seats) Seremaia Matai Leaders Party of Vanuatu
Marc Ati Iauko Group
Malekula (7 seats) Marcellino Barthemely Reunification Movement for Change
Esmon Saimon Vanua'aku Pati
Gracia Chadrack Leaders Party of Vanuatu
Sanick Asang National United Party
Edmond Julun Land and Justice Party
Sala John Land and Justice Party
Francois Batick Reunification Movement for Change
Ambrym (2 seats) John Dahmasing Salong Land and Justice Party
Bruno Leingkone National United Party
Paama (1 seat) Andy Job Sam Leaders Party of Vanuatu
Pentecost (4 seats) Charlot Salwai Reunification Movement for Change
Marc Melsul Rural Development Party
Silas Bule National United Party
Boe Reve Ephraim Land and Justice Party
Ambae (3 seats) James Bule People Unity Development Party
John Still Tari Qetu National United Party
Jay Ngwele Rural Development Party
Maewo (1 seat) Ian Wilson Ngwasoanda Custom Movement
Epi (2 seats) John Roy Nil Vanuatu Progressive Development Party
Seoule Simeon Reunification Movement for Change
Tongoa (1 seat) Kalo Willie Union of Moderate Parties
Shepherds (1 seat) Seteaoto Willie Pakoa Green Confederation
Efate (5 seats) Norris Kalmet Reunification Movement for Change
Kalkatoa Bakoa Maraki Leaders Party of Vanuatu
Gillion William Land and Justice Party
Hymak Anatole Vanuatu First Party
Ruben John Mark Vanua'aku Pati
Port Vila (5 seats) Ralph Regenvanu Land and Justice Party
Ulrich Sumptoh Reunification Movement for Change
Ismael Kalsakau Union of Moderate Parties
Harry Anthony Union of Moderate Parties
Kenneth Natapei Vanua'aku Pati
Tanna (7 seats) Jothan Napat Leaders Party of Vanuatu
Emanuel Harry Xavier Iauko Group
Robin Kapapa Union of Moderate Parties
Andrew Solomon Napuat Land and Justice Party
Johnny Kaonapo Vanua'aku Pati
Bob Loughman Vanua'aku Pati
Nako Ianatom Natuman Union of Moderate Parties
Southern Islands (1 seat) Edward Nalyal Molou Vanua'aku Pati
Source: VEO

See also


  1. ^ "Bob Loughman elected prime minister of Vanuatu". Radio New Zealand. 20 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Bob Loughman elected prime minister of Vanuatu". Radio New Zealand. 20 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b Constitution of Vanuatu
  4. ^ a b Parliament website

Coordinates: 17°44′44″S 168°18′56″E / 17.74556°S 168.31556°E / -17.74556; 168.31556