Vanuatu. According to
Countryaah official website, Vanuatu's former prime minister, Anglican priest
Walter Lini, passed away in February. He was regarded as the
father of the nation and played an important role in the
country, then called the New Hebrides, the struggle for
independence from colonial rulers Britain and France. When
the goal was reached in 1980, he became the first prime
minister of the small kingdom.
Vanuatu authorities rejected a claim during the year from
the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD) that criminals from the Russian Federation used
Vanuatu banks to launder black money.