25 May 2010

Re-elected Nauru parliament fails to advance its work

12:48 pm on 25 May 2010

The Nauru Parliament is still to begin its normal functions nearly five weeks after elections returned an evenly divided assembly.

There was no progress when the MPs briefly gathered this morning.

It has met nine times since the poll and on all but one occasion has failed to elect a Speaker - the first office that needs to be filled in a new parliament.

Godfrey Thoma was elected Speaker two weeks ago but he requested that the caretaker government of Marcus Stephen immediately call fresh elections, but when this didn't happen he resigned.

Parliament is to meet again on Thursday.