New Hebrides takes route of shaky independence
Vila, Vanuaatu — The New Hebrides islands Tuesday night became the independent nation of Vanuaatu after 74 years of joint colonial rule by France and Britain. The Rev. Walter Lini was sworn in as prime minister.
The new nation faces an uncertain and troubled future because of continuing resistance by secessionist rebels on the island of Espiritu Santo, who have threatened to fight the new government.