NAURU FINDS SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Mar. 14) - Nauru's Parliament has elected a new Speaker, ending nearly two months of a Parliamentary stalemate.

Ross Cain, the former Works Minister in the former administration of President Rene Harris, agreed to accept the Speaker's role. The action took place during a meeting of Parliament.

Harris was ousted in January.

The former Speaker of Parliament, Vassal Gadoengin, resigned in January to back the late President, Bernard Dowiyogo. That left Parliament in a political stalemate, leveling the numbers in Parliament to nine all. Dowiyogo died of heart failure in Washington D.C. on Mar. 9. His body is expected to arrive in Nauru on Sunday and a state funeral is planned for Monday.

A special memorial service for the longtime Nauru political leader was held yesterday in Washington, D.C.

Without a Speaker, however, the country’s budget could not be passed. Nor could a condolence motion be carried following the death of Dowiyogo in Washington last Sunday.

The Acting President, Derog Gioura, has moved for Parliament to adjourn till next Thursday out of respect for the late President, who is to be given a State Funeral on Monday.

March 14, 2003

Radio Australia: http://abc.net.au/ra 

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