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Vanuatu is conducting its first referendum since independence, with citizens voting on proposed constitutional amendments to address political instability. The referendum seeks to strengthen the country’s party system by preventing party hopping among lawmakers and curbing frequent no-confidence motions. If approved, lawmakers leaving their party during their term would lose their seats, and MPs would need to declare a party affiliation within three months of Parliament’s first sitting day. Results are expected on June 10, with 379 polling booths set up nationwide and abroad for voting.

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