People in Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Editorial credit: gg-foto /


Vanuatu conducts democratic elections but suffers from a pattern of unstable coalition governments that do not complete their terms. Although political corruption is a problem, the largely independent judiciary has been able to hold elected officials accountable in high-profile cases. Other persistent problems include domestic violence and societal discrimination against women.

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Freedom in the World — Vanuatu Country Report

Vanuatu is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.