YAREN, Nauru –- With Nauru’s Parliament now evenly split between the Government and Opposition parties, the Speaker of Parliament is calling for new elections to settle the stalemate. Meanwhile, President Marcus Stephen is strongly condemning Speaker, David Adeang’s recent actions as unconstitutional.
Last Saturday, Mr. Adeang called a Parliamentary session without notifying the Government. At the meeting, Opposition members passed a rule that, if constitutional, will effectively oust two Senior Cabinet Members, giving the Opposition a majority. The Nauruan Supreme Court is now determining the validity of the session. (See post, 26 March ).
Mr. Adeang is defending his actions as “commonsense,” but President Stephen says the Speaker is hindering Nauru’s attempts to build a lasting government free from the corruption and poverty of its past.
Mr. Adeang has announced he will call Parliament back into session at 4pm tomorrow.
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Radio New Zealand International — Nauru MPs debate ban on dual citizenship politicians — 28 March 2008
Radio New Zealand International — Nauru to block dual-citizen MPs — 27 March 2008
Radio New Zealand International — New elections are the only commonsense move says the Nauru Opposition — 27 March 2008
Radio New Zealand International — Nauru opposition calls for fresh elections — 27 March 2008