Residents cast their votes in the snap election at a polling station set up at the chiefs' "nakamal" in Port Vila on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on January 22, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VALERY LEBEAU / IGmedia
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Charlot Salwai was Thursday elected the new prime minister of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu following a snap election sparked by a corruption scandal.Salwai, from the Reunification of Movements for Change party, was announced as leader some three weeks after more than 200,000 voters went to the polls, the Vanuatu Daily Post and other media reported.It followed parliament being dissolved in November by President Baldwin Lonsdale when 14 lawmakers were jailed for bribery.The charges centered on payments of 35 million vatu ($312,000) made by Deputy Prime Minister Moana Carcasses to 13 other politicians while they were all in opposition.
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