Parliament of Nauru

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]

Parliament of Nauru
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Type
Type
History
Founded31 January 1968; 54 years ago (1968-01-31)
Leadership
Lionel Aingimea, Non-partisan
since 27 August 2019
Marcus Stephen, Non-partisan
since 27 August 2019
Deputy Speaker
Vacant
Structure
Seats19
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Political groups
Government
  Nauru First (5)
  Non-partisan (9)
Opposition
  Non-partisan (4)
  Non-partisan (1)
Elections
Dowdall system
Last election
24 August 2019
Next election
2022
Meeting place
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Parliament Building, Yaren
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Website
Official website
Footnotes
* all candidates for Parliament officially stand as independents.

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

HistoryEdit

The Parliament of Nauru came into existence with the country's independence on 31 January 1968. The island was previously a United Nations Trust Territory administered by Australia. The Australian government's Nauru Act 1965 created the Legislative Council for the Territory of Nauru, consisting of 15 members – nine elected members, one ex officio member (the Administrator of Nauru), and five "official members" nominated by the Administrator.[3]

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,[4] but by this stage nine of them had formed the Opposition, resulting in a deadlocked Parliament. Another election was held in June 2010 as a result of the continuing deadlock. After weeks of uncertainty, the deadlock was resolved when the Opposition agreed to have one of its own MPs, Ludwig Scotty, elected as Speaker. President Stephen then suggested that the number of MPs should be expanded to 19, to prevent future deadlocks.[5] 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]

Current MPsEdit

Constituency Member Faction Points #1 Votes
Aiwo Rennier Gadabu Government 368.115
177 / 808
Milton Dube Opposition 331.426
193 / 808
Anabar Maverick Eoe Government 286.117
157 / 553
Pyon Deiye Government 276.267
150 / 553
Anetan Timothy Ika Opposition 585.869
412 / 909
Marcus Stephen Speaker 322.105
158 / 909
Boe Martin Hunt Government 448.167
261 / 811
Asterio Appi Government 413.333
204 / 811
Buada Shadlog Bernicke Opposition 378.4
270 / 673
Bingham Agir Government 323.107
174 / 673
Meneng Lionel Aingimea Government 437.401
256 / 1,121
Khyde Menke Government 434.346
159 / 1,121
Tawaki Kam Opposition 402.892
207 / 1,121
Ubenide David Adeang Opposition 697.375
383 / 1,520
Russ Kun Government 593.806
241 / 1,520
Reagan Aliklik Government 526.653
247 / 1,520
Wawani Dowiyogo Government 505.057
224 / 1,520
Yaren Charmaine Scotty Opposition 518.133
444 / 642
Isabella Dageago Government 257.4
81 / 642

SpeakerEdit

The Speaker is the presiding officer of Parliament. The Speaker is an MP elected by 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.[6]

Two weeks after the April 2010 election, Godfrey Thoma was elected Speaker.[5] Due to the political deadlock fresh elections were held in 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "About Parliament", Parliament of Nauru Archived 20 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Nauru country brief" Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Retrieved 10 November 2012
  3. ^ "Nauru Act 1965". Federal Register of Legislation.
  4. ^ "Nauru election returns previous parliament unchanged". Radio New Zealand International. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Political standoff ends with speaker's election in Nauru", ABC Radio Australia, 13 May 2010 Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Nauru president moves to ensure political stability" Archived 22 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine, ABC Radio Australia, 1 May 2008

SourcesEdit

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 linksEdit

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