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Barak Tame Sope Mautamata (born 1951) is a politician from Vanuatu. He is the leader of the Melanesian Progressive Party and a member of the Vanuatu parliament from the island of Efate. He was the Prime Minister of Vanuatu from 1999 until 2001, when he was deposed by parliament in a no confidence vote. When the coalition government of Serge Vohor was sworn in on July 28, 2004, Sope became foreign minister of Vanuatu. He lost that position in November 2004 after he spoke out against Vanuatu's attempts to establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan. He returned to the cabinet in December 2004 when the government of Ham Lini took office, taking up the post of minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, which he still holds.
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