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Vanuatu holds presidential election
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09:13, September 01, 2009

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Fifty-eight members of the Electoral College in Vanuatu cast their ballots on Tuesday to elect the Pacific island country's new head of state.

A total of 11 candidates, including two women, are contesting for the presidency.

Under the constitution, a candidate must win the support of two thirds of the electoral college to be elected as a new president.

The electoral college is made up of the 52 members of the parliament and the presidents of six provincial governments.

Kalkot Mataskelekele's current term as president expired in mid-August.

Since the departure from the post of Mataskelekele, Parliament Speaker Maxime Carlot Korman has been the acting president.

Source: Xinhua

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