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Kalkot Mataskelekele

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Preceded by  Josias Moli (Acting)
Role  Lawyer
Name  Kalkot Mataskelekele
Resigned  August 16, 2009
Spouse(s)  Hanson Mataskelekele
Party  National United Party

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Prime Minister  Edward Natapei Serge Vohor Ham Lini Edward Natapei
Presidential term  August 16, 2004 – August 16, 2009

Succeeded by  Maxime Carlot Korman
First day in office  August 16, 2004
Political party  National United Party

Kalkot Mataskelekele Mauliliu (born 24 April 1949) was President of Vanuatu from 16 August 2004 to 16 August 2009.

He was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne the University of Papua New Guinea. He is a lawyer from the national capital, Port Vila, and is the first Head of State of Vanuatu to have a university degree. Mataskelekele had previously served as Vanuatu's first indigenous Solicitor General and a former Supreme Court justice.

He was elected by the electoral college, which consists of the Parliament and regional Presidents, on 16 August 2004, and sworn in the same day.

He had previously been a candidate in the presidential election of April 2004, and was backed by the government of Edward Natapei. However, after several inconclusive rounds in the electoral college, he was defeated by Alfred Maseng. After the impeachment of Maseng and a parliamentary election, a new election was held on 12 August 2004, which was inconclusive and was continued on 16 August. Though Kalkot was widely expected to win, there were many other candidates, and he faced tough opposition from Willie David Saul and former Prime Minister Donald Kalpokas. In the final round of voting, Kalkot defeated Saul by a vote of 49 to 7.

References

Kalkot Mataskelekele Wikipedia


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