Tallis Obed Moses

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Tallis Obed Moses
Tallis Obed Moses 2017.jpg
Moses in July 2017
9th President of Vanuatu
In office
6 July 2017 – 6 July 2022
Prime MinisterCharlot Salwai
Bob Loughman
Preceded byEsmon Saimon (acting)
Succeeded byNikenike Vurobaravu
Personal details
Born (1954-10-24) 24 October 1954 (age 67)[1]
Port Vato, West Ambrym, New Hebrides (present day Vanuatu)
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Estella Moses[2]
Alma materSydney Missionary and Bible College

Tallis Obed Moses (born 24 October 1954) is a Vanuatuan politician and pastor who served as the president of Vanuatu from 6 July 2017 to 6 July 2022.[3]

Biography[edit]

Moses was originally from Port Vato, West Ambrym.[1] He attended Primary School from 1964 to 1967. He later worked for the Teaching Service as a teacher in various schools,[4] before attending the Tangoa Presbyterian Bible Institute in South Santo in 1978.[1] He studied at the Sydney Missionary and Bible College in Australia from 1980 to 1981 and graduated with Diploma in Divinity and Mission.[4] He later studied at Talua Ministry Training Centre between 1985 and 1986, graduating with a Diploma in Theology. He went back to Australia in 1989 and studied at the Alan Walker College of Evangelism, where he graduated in 1989 with Certificate of Merit.[5]

Moses also served as a pastor at Erromango, Ranon in North Ambrym, Luganville and Bamefau. In 2009 and again in 2013, he was elected moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu[4] after he received religious training and education in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

On 6 July 2017 he was elected to succeed President Baldwin Lonsdale who had died in office.[6] He was chosen among 16 candidates after four rounds of voting (received 40 votes out of 57 from the Electoral College) and sworn in immediately after.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VANUATU'S NEW PRESIDENT". YTS News. 6 July 2017.
  2. ^ Garae, Len. "President: Members of SDA Church requested me first". Vanuatu Daily Post.
  3. ^ "Tallis Obed Moses named as new Vanuatu president". Radio New Zealand. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Logo, Goodwin (6 July 2017). "Obed Moses Tallis Is Vanuatu's New President". Pacific Islands Report. Archived from the original on 2017-06-07.
  5. ^ "Newly President elected". Pasifik. 6 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Tallis Obed Moses: Presbyterian pastor sworn in as Vanuatu's new President". ABC News. 6 July 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by President of Vanuatu
2017–2022
Succeeded by