Nauru president moves to ensure political stability

Nauru president moves to ensure political stability

Nauru president moves to ensure political stability

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:52 AEDT

Just days after Nauru's snap election, President Marcus Stephen says moves are underway to ensure a more stable political environment for the tiny pacific nation President Stephen's government was returned with a 12-6 majority which was immediately reduced to 11-6 with the government's nomination for Speaker, Riddell Akua.

President Stephen has told Radio Australia he wants to revive the constitutional review process to make sure Nauru is more politically stable

"I returned all cabinet ministers. For me it's business as usual. We've got a mandate and it's normal business for us," he said.

Mr Stephen called the snap weekend election to resolve a deadlock between the government and opposition.

He had earlier declared a state of emergency and dissolved parliament, saying actions by the parliamentary speaker, David Adeang, and his supporters had threatening investment projects and delayed budget bills.

Last month Mr Adeang called a secret session of parliament without ruling government members, and passed a law banning MPs with dual Australian and Nauruan citizenship.

The Supreme Court later overturned the new law.

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