New Hebrides rebels set up separate regime
Vila, New Hebrides
Rebels on the New Hebrides island of Espiritu Santo have set up their own government, with a local plantation owner, Jimmy Stevens, as chief minister, a radio broadcast from the island said Tuesday. The radio named five other ministers, chosen by an "electoral college" of chiefs and members of regional assemblies supporting the uprising.
Mr. Stevens, who is of mixed descent, was earlier named by some sources as leader of the movement that wants the island to secede from the New Hebdrides when the 74-island archipelago in the South Pacific becomes independent July 30.