President of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, Dies After Heart Attack at 67

Vanuatu’s President Baldwin Lonsdale, standing under an umbrella, listens to a question during an interview with Reuters, after attending the third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), in Tokyo, March 16, 2015, before leaving to return home. REUTERS/Issei Kato

The president of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, has died after a heart attack at the age of 67.

Mr Lonsdale, an Anglican priest, had been leader of the Pacific archipelago since September 2014.

The Vanuatu Daily Post said he died suddenly in the capital Port Vila shortly after midnight on Saturday.

Australia’s Governor-General Peter Cosgrove said Mr Lonsdale “served the people of Vanuatu with dignity and humility, and was much loved”.

While president, Mr Lonsdale oversaw the vast rebuilding of parts of Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam left an estimated 75,000 people homeless in March 2015.

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