The constitutional crisis which erupted in Vanuatu in May 2001 initially
prompted fears that Vanuatu might follow the examples of the Solomon Islands
and Fiji and descend into social unrest, and possibly violent conflict. The
greater danger was that the ailing administration of Barak Tame Sope
Mau'utamate would mobilize the Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) to consolidate
its hold on power.
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