Nauru's state of emergency extended
Written by Tangata Vainerere   
Sunday, 04 July 2010

05 JULY 2010 YAREN (RADIO AUSTRALIA) ---- A state of emergency has been extended in Nauru until this week, as its parliament tries to decided who will be the country's next president.

A state of emergency was declared in Nauru three weeks ago to allow a new election to be called to try to end a deadlocked parliament, and to ensure budget supply for the government. The state of emergency was due to end last week.

Aloysius Amwano accepted the nomination to be elected as speaker of parliament. But before he accepted he demanded that the current caretaker president, Marcus Stephen, stand down from office Mr Stephen said he was prepared to stand down, as long as the new leader comes from within his group of supporters.  

And while parliament has voted to ensure supply for the next three months, the state of emergency has been extended until Tuesday, when parliament will meet again, for more debate on the election of the country's leader.....PNS (ENDS)

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