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The Republic of Vanuatu has a new Head of State.
Fr. Baldwin Lonsdale, an Anglican Priest and former senior public servant becomes the eighth President of the Pacific nation.
Members of the Electoral College endorsed the name of the new Head of State at 2.00pm this afternoon.
Fr. Baldwin secured 46 out of the 58 votes cast. According to law one candidate has to secure at least two thirds of the total vote to win. In addition, the Electoral College must vote in a new president within a period of three weeks.
In his first address to the nation this afternoon, President Baldwin Lonsdale described his election as a sign from God for the people of Vanuatu to revisit their relationship with Him and to ensure national unity.
He said voting in someone from the country's "last" province, showed the willingness of national leaders to ensure that Vanuatu continues to stand as one nation.
To members of the public service, President Baldwin urged them to ensure that democracy prevails in all sectors of the public sector.
He also called on all God fearing people to continue to stand firm to ensure that the country's motto “Long God Yumi Stanap" (In God We Stand) is upheld and respected at all levels in the society.
President Baldwin also called for the inclusion of the Word of God in the education curriculum of the country.
He placed Iolu Johnson Abil whose five year term expired in August 2014
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