2. Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas
Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas is a ni-Vanuatu politician and former accountant and political advisor. He is the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, having been elected on 11 February 2016. He is the leader of the Reunification of Movements for Change (RMC), which is part of the Unity for Change bloc. Salwai is a Francophone from Pentecost Island.
Salwai had previously served as Minister for Trade and Industries, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Minister for Education, Minister for Finance and Economic Management, and Minister of Internal Affairs. He has also served as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Leader of the Opposition Whip, and Deputy Opposition Leader.
In August 2016 he was re-elected as leader of the RMC. In late November 2016 Salwai survived an attempt at a motion of no-confidence, with MP’s being divided on procedural points regarding the motion and attachment of a summons.