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Paperwork error costs Vanuatu PM his post

PORT VILA, Vanuatu, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Vanuatu Prime Minister Edward Natapei reportedly lost his post in the Pacific island nation for not providing a written excuse for political absences.

The BBC reported Friday that under Vanuatu law, Natapei was required to give up his position and forfeit his parliamentary seat if he couldn't provide a written explanation for missing three consecutive parliamentary sittings.

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Natapei, who missed the sessions while attending a Commonwealth of Natiions summit in Trinidad and Tobago, failed to notify the parliamentary speaker of the cause of his absences.

Members of the Vanuatu Parliament will likely vote on a new prime minister next week, the BBC reported. A by-election is also expected to take place for Natapei's parliamentary seat.

Until the vote by parliamentary members takes place, a caretaker government is in power in Vanuatu.

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