Parliament of Nauru

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Parliament of Nauru
Type
Type Unicameral
History
Founded 31 January 1968
Leadership
Speaker Ludwig Scotty, Independent
Since 11 June 2013
Deputy Speaker Ranin Akua, Independent
Since 11 June 2013
President of the Republic Baron Waqa, Independent
Since 11 June 2013
Structure
Seats 19 members
Political groups

Government (14)

Opposition (5)*
Elections
Voting system Dowdall system
Last election 8 June 2013
Meeting place
Parliament Building, Yaren
Website
Official Website
Footnotes
  • all candidates for Parliament officially stand as independents.
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The Parliament of Nauru has 19 members, elected for a three-year term in multi-seat constituencies. The President of Nauru is elected by the members of the Parliament.[1] The number of seats was increased to 19 following elections in 2013.[2]

The members of the Parliament of Nauru are elected by a positional voting system.[1]

On 22 March 2010 Radio New Zealand International reported that President Marcus Stephen had dissolved Parliament in readiness for elections on 24 April 2010. The election saw all 18 MPs returned,[3] but by this stage nine of them formed the Opposition, resulting in a deadlocked Parliament. Another election was held in June 2010 as a result of continuing deadlock. After weeks of uncertainty, the deadlock was resolved when the Opposition agreed to have one of its own, Ludwig Scotty, elected as Speaker. President Stephen then suggested that the number of MPs should be expanded to 19, to prevent future deadlocks.[4] In late 2012, Parliament, under the leadership of President Dabwido, acted on this suggestion and passed a law increasing the number of seats to 19 after election in 2013, it is expected to prevent future deadlocks like the one in 2010.[2]

Latest elections[edit]

e • d Summary of the 8 June 2013 Parliament of Nauru election results
Seats Change
supporters of the Government 14 Increase4
opponents of the Government 5 Decrease3
Total 19 Increase1

Current MPs[edit]

Constituency Member Party Faction Minister Portfolios
Aiwo Constituency Milton Dube Non-partisan Government
Aaron Cook Non-partisan Government Commerce, Industry & Environment; RONPhos; Nauru Rehabilitation Corporation
Anabar Constituency Riddell Akua Naoero Amo Government
Ludwig Scotty Non-partisan Government
Anetan Constituency Cyril Buraman Non-partisan Government
Marcus Stephen Non-partisan Opposition
Boe Constituency Mathew Batsiua Non-partisan Opposition
Baron Waqa Non-partisan Government Public Service; Police & Emergency Services; Foreign Affairs & Trade; Climate Change
Buada Constituency Shadlog Bernicke Non-partisan Government Phosphate; Nauru Utilities Corporation; Telecommunications
Roland Kun Naoero Amo Opposition
Meneng Constituency Sprent Dabwido Naoero Amo Government
Lyn-Wannan Kam Non-partisan Government
Squire Jeremiah Non-partisan Government
Ubenide Constituency David Adeang Naoero Amo Government Finance & Sustainable Development; Justice; Eigigu Holdings Corporation; Airline
Russ J. Kun Non-partisan Opposition
Valdon Dowiyogo Non-partisan Government Health;Transport;Sports;Fisheries
Ranin Akua Non-partisan Government
Yaren Constituency Kieren Keke Naoero Amo Opposition
Charmaine Scotty Non-partisan Government Home Affairs; Education and Youth; Land Management

Speaker[edit]

The Speaker is the presiding officer of Parliament. The Speaker is elected by the MPs from amongst the MPs. The Speaker has no vote in no confidence votes and presidential elections.

Following the April 2008 election, Riddell Akua was appointed Speaker of the Parliament of Nauru. He replaced David Adeang.[5]

Two weeks after the April 2010 election, Godfrey Thoma was elected Speaker.[4] Due to political deadlock fresh elections were held June, after which Parliament continued to be deadlocked until the election of Ludwig Scotty to the chair in November 2010. Scotty resigned at the end of the 20th Parliament in March 2013. Godfrey Thoma was elected to replace him. Following the 2013 election Scotty was re-elected to the speaker's post.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Parliament", Parliament of Nauru[dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Nauru country brief", Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Retrieved 10 November 2012
  3. ^ "Nauru election returns previous parliament unchanged". Radio New Zealand International. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Political standoff ends with speaker's election in Nauru", ABC Radio Australia, 13 May 2010[dead link]
  5. ^ "Nauru president moves to ensure political stability", ABC Radio Australia, 1 May 2008

Sources[edit]

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-06-11/baron-waqa-named-as-new-nauru-president/1144022
http://www.naurugov.nr/government-information-office/media-release/honbaron-waqa-elected-president.aspx[dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 0°32′50″S 166°55′00″E / 0.54722°S 166.91667°E / -0.54722; 166.91667