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email reveals Stephen asking Thai company for kickback

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 10, 2011) – The Nauru opposition says it remains confident it can unseat the island’s government.

This comes after their planned vote of no confidence yesterday was pre-empted by the early resignation of President, Marcus Stephen.

He resigned after a leading opposition Member of Parliament, David Adeang, made allegations Stephen had sought kickbacks from phosphate dealers in Thailand.

Stephen says the opposition claims of corruption unwarranted and mischievous.

The new president is Freddie Pitcher, who resigned from Cabinet earlier this year but remained a government backbencher.

The leader of the opposition, Baron Waqa, says numbers in the parliament are tight and he believes there is continuing dissatisfaction within government ranks.

"They are nine and we are eight and also we have reason to believe that there is still some dissatisfaction within their group and there could be still some interesting things happening next week when we next meet."

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