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Port Vila

(pôr vēlä`) or

Vila,

town (2009 pop. 45,694), capital and largest town of the Pacific island nation of VanuatuVanuatu
, officially Republic of Vanuatu, independent republic (2015 est. pop. 265,000), c.5,700 sq mi (14,760 sq km), South Pacific, E of Australia. Vanuatu is a 450-mi (724-km) chain of 80 islands, of which the most important are Espíritu Santo (the largest), Efate,
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. On the SW coast of EfateEfate
, Fr. Vaté , volcanic island, c.300 sq mi (780 sq km), South Pacific, most important island of Vanuatu and seat of Port Vila, the capital and administrative center. Efate produces copra, coffee, and sandalwood. Havannah Harbour was developed during World War II.
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 island, it is a deep-sea port built around a natural harbor at Pontoon Bay. The commercial center of Vanatu, Port Vila has agricultural and fishing industries and is a tourist hub with hotels, resorts, and other facilities. There also is an offshore financial industry. Settled by the French in the 19th cent. and later controlled by the British, it was an American base during World War II.
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However, the tables were turned this week when about 50 armed paramilitary personnel surrounded the Port Villa police headquarters to serve warrants on the 27 people involved in the Aug.
Vanuatu's acting police commissioner, a police commander and 25 police officers are to appear in court on charges of mutiny Wednesday in the Pacific island nation's capital Port Villa, Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corp.
About 50 armed paramilitary personnel surrounded the Port Villa police headquarters Tuesday to serve warrants on 27 people involved in a dawn police raid Aug.
But a standoff resulted in the streets of Port Villa on Tuesday when the charged police officers refused to go into the custody of the paramilitary troops, he said.
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