Vanuatu. According to
Countryaah, Prime Minister Barak Sope was forced to resign
in April after his government lost a vote of no confidence
in Parliament. New head of government became Edward Natapei
of Vanuaaku Pati (VP) with the votes of 27–1. To try to
retain power, Sope declared a state of emergency, but the
country's police force refused to intervene on his part. The
former prime minister was accused of forging two credit
letters to an Asian businessman, which may have cost the
country up to $ 100 million. Vanuatu has a GDP of about $
225 million. Sope would have been heard by the court in late
November, but the process was postponed until February 2002.
A volcanic eruption on the island of Paama in June caused
no serious material damage but the drinking water supply on
the island was polluted.