Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 28 July 2015

The Leader of the Opposition, Edward Nipake Natapei, was reported by Radio Vanuatu News at mid-day to have died of an asthmatic attack at 3 o’clock this morning. He was aged 61 and born on Futuna. His wife Leitake was also Futunese. He entered Parliament in 1983. He was elected Prime Minister on 3 separate occasions: 2001 – 2002, 2002 – 2004, and 2008 – 2010. He also occupied various other state and ministerial positions, notably including a long period as Speaker of Parliament. He was Leader of the Opposition at his death and President of the Vanua’aku Party. There is to be a state funeral on Friday 31 July to be followed by burial either on his home island or in Port Vila.