Claims Nauru election won with Taiwan money

Claims Nauru election won with Taiwan money

Claims Nauru election won with Taiwan money

Updated 19 December 2011, 14:12 AEDT

In Nauru, those defeated in last month's election are claiming it was won with Taiwanese money.

The reformist government, led by President Ludwig Scotty, won in a landslide victory.

Harold Jeremiah is the brother of opposition candidate, Dogabe Jeremiah, who lost his seat by a narrow margin.

Mr Jeremiah blames the defeat on a special Taiwanese fund for members of parliament, known as "grass roots" money.

He claims a lot of bribery has been happening and the election was won with cash handed out to poiticians by the Taiwanese government.

"Everybody knows about the grass roots from Taiwan and this is what the government is using," Mr Jeremiah said.

"They are bribing people, giving them money you know".

Money goes to the people, says president

President Scotty doesn't deny that the government uses grass roots money from other countries.

He has told correspondent, Sean Dorney, the money is called grass roots because it goes to the people.

"When the people get about $30, $40 or even none on a fortnightly basis then they have to benefit from this "grass roots" money," President Scotty said.

"It buys food for them, rice and other needs and all that".

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