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Nauru elected speaker, political deadlock over
5:00 pm GMT+12, 01/06/2010, Nauru

After nearly six weeks in political limbo, the Pacific nation of Nauru once again has a functioning parliament, with the caretaker government convincing opposition MP's to cross the floor.

This morning two opposition MP's changed sides. The parliament then elected Dominic Tabuna, the country's youngest MP as its new speaker.

Nauru's Parliament will meet again later on Tuesday to elect a Deputy Speaker, and to set the house's agenda.

It has been five weeks since Nauru held national polls, which resulted in the election of the same MP's to the same seats, and creating the same nine-a-side deadlock in the 18 seat parliament.

The end of the deadlock comes after Nauru's government voiced its support for the Australian Federal opposition's proposal to revive the Pacific Solution, which saw illegal immigrants, trying to get to Australia, kept on Nauru.


SOURCE: RADAUS/PACNEWS


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