Nauru parliament elects new speaker

Nauru parliament elects new speaker

Nauru parliament elects new speaker

Updated 25 April 2013, 17:51 AEST

Godfrey Thoma has been elected the new Speaker of Nauru's Parliament.

Godfrey Thoma has been elected the new Speaker of Nauru's Parliament.

He won a ballot on Thursday morning, defeating fellow nominee Baron Waqa by ten votes to eight.

Mr Thoma, who is the second longest serving MP in Nauru, replaces Ludwig Scotty who resigned last week.

Shortly after taking the Chair, Mr Thoma adjourned the House until Friday morning.

The parliament is expected to debate motions to dissolve the house, put forward by Mr Scotty and President Sprent Dewido last month, which were overruled by the Supreme Court.

Mr Thoma has previously served twice as the speaker of the House: once in 2003 for 24 hours, and again in 2010 for just a week.