Charlot Salwai was yesterday elected the new prime minister of Vanuatu following a snap election sparked by a corruption scandal. Mr Salwai, from the Reunification of Movements for Change party, was announced as leader some three weeks after more than 200,000 voters went to the polls. It followed parliament being dissolved in November by President Baldwin Lonsdale when 14 MPs were jailed for bribery. There are 52 members of parliament. The political breakdown came after a period of instability, with four changes of prime minister in the past four years.