In December 2010, the government had to step down after losing a vote of confidence. New Prime Minister became Sato Kilman. However, he held off only for a new distrust vote in April 2011. The following months were marked by several different governments as various courts dismissed the sitting government. After several replacements, however, Kilman could only continue. But only until March 2013, when eight members of government changed sides to the opposition. New Prime Minister was Moana Carcasses Kalosil. Kalosil focused on global climate change with the creation of a new Ministry of Planning and Climate Change, and also stood out as solid support for the Papuan people in Irian Jayaand their fight against Indonesia. He further stated that he would clean up the previous governments’ sale of diplomatic passports. A few days after the takeover of power, 10 diplomatic passports were withdrawn, and it was estimated that about 2/3 of the country’s “diplomats” had simply bought themselves for passports.
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Kalosil only held as prime minister until March 2014, when Joe Natuman took over the post.
Baldwin Lonsdale was named president in September 2014. He was elected to an electoral college made up of the country’s MPs and provincial governors. The college had to go through 8 electoral rounds before Lonsdale could be appointed.
According to Countryaah, the unstable political situation in Vanuatu continued through 2014 and 15. In June, Prime Minister Sato Kilman fired from the post of Foreign Minister. A week later, Kilman overturned Natuman by a distrust vote. In October, half of Kilman’s government was arrested and charged with corruption. Including Deputy Prime Minister Moana Carcasses. Kilman himself declined to comment on the corruption and instead left the ministers at their post to the point where they were picked up by police.