NAURU ATTEMPTS ANOTHER LEADERSHIP CHANGE

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 11) – The Opposition in the Nauru Parliament wants to remove the new reformist government and it has petitioned the Speaker to call a special session of the Parliament today.

The petition follows the return of the former President, Rene Harris, to Nauru on Thursday after a four-and-a-half month absence during which he was removed himself in a vote of no confidence.

The Opposition petition has the required number of signatures - six of the eighteen Nauru Parliamentarians - which will enable the Speaker, Russell Kun, to convene a session of the Parliament.

A copy of the petition was sent to the President, Ludwig Scotty, yesterday afternoon.

Two Ministers were out of the country and another, the Health Minister, Dr Kieren Keke, flew out on yesterday's flight to Australia.

However, Dr Keke says the Government is not too disturbed about the sudden sitting.

He says one Government Member will go along to the Parliament but only to point out to the Speaker that a quorum of nine Members need to be present and if they are not, the Parliament should adjourn.

September 13, 2004

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

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