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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 24) - Campaigning
for Nauru's May 3 general elections has begun.

It is 35 years since the country gained its independence, and
for the first time, one political party is presenting the people of Nauru with a
consolidated political platform.

While the Naoero Amo Party has only one member in the current
parliament, it hopes to win six of Nauru's 18 seats.

The new party includes a number of prominent public servants who
fell foul of the Rene Harris Government between 2000 and 2002.

They include the former Health Secretary, Marlene Moses, Dr
Kieren Keke from the Nauru Hospital, and the former Fisheries Corporation
Manager, Ronald Kun.

The party leader is David Adeang, who won a by-election in 2001.

The party's action plan includes changes to the constitution to
enable the people of Nauru to directly elect the president, the adoption of a
strict leadership code to curb corruption and the setting up of a commission of
inquiry into the collapse of Nauru's finances, especially its international
property portfolio.

April 24, 2003

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