15 Nov 2011

Third President for Nauru in six days

8:51 pm on 15 November 2011

Nauru's parliament has removed the President Freddie Pitcher by a vote of no confidence, just six days after he was voted in.

Parliament this morning voted nine to eight in favour of the motion to remove Mr Pitcher, who will be replaced by Sprent Dabwido.

A former telecommunications minister, Mr Dabwido defected from the government to the opposition for the vote.

Last Thursday, former president Marcus Stephen resigned amid corruption allegations before a parliamentary vote saw Mr Pitcher installed.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Mr Pitcher was taken by surprise by the vote to oust him.

He says the motion was passed without any debate or explanation.

The MP David Adeang, who brought the motion, says Mr Pitcher's personal agenda did not sit well with most of Nauru's lawmakers.