Kalkot Mataskelekele in 2009
|President of Vanuatu|
16 August 2004 – 16 August 2009
|Preceded by||Josias Moli (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Maxime Carlot Korman (Acting)|
|Born||24 April 1949|
|Political party||National United Party|
He was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne the University of Papua New Guinea. He is a lawyer from the national capital, Port Vila, and is the first Head of State of Vanuatu to have a university degree. Mataskelekele had previously served as Vanuatu's first indigenous Solicitor General and a former Supreme Court justice.
He had previously been a candidate in the presidential election of April 2004, and was backed by the government of Edward Natapei. However, after several inconclusive rounds in the electoral college, he was defeated by Alfred Maseng. After the impeachment of Maseng and a parliamentary election, a new election was held on 12 August 2004, which was inconclusive and was continued on 16 August. Though Kalkot was widely expected to win, there were many other candidates, and he faced tough opposition from Willie David Saul and former Prime Minister Donald Kalpokas. In the final round of voting, Kalkot defeated Saul by a vote of 49 to 7.
- President Mataskelekele's address to the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, 26 September 2008
- Interview of Kalkot Mataskelekele by China Central Television, 10 August 2008
|President of Vanuatu
| Succeeded by|
Maxime Carlot Korman