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Vote breaks eight-month stalemate

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 1, 2010) – Nauru's president Marcus Stephen has been re-elected in a secret ballot, ending a political deadlock that's been in place since February.

The ballot was made possible after former President Ludwig Scotty accepted the position of speaker, giving the government a majority in the deadlocked house.

The government then used the slim majority to re-elect Mr Stephen.

President Stephen has indicated that with a functioning parliament in place he will be lift the State of Emergency, enacted earlier this year.

Since Febraury Nauru's 18 member parliament has been deadlocked nine a side, and two national elections, and the election of at least two different speakers has been unable to break it.

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