June 2010 Nauruan parliamentary election

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June 2010 Nauruan parliamentary election
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  2010 (April) 19 June 2010 2013  

All 18 seats of the Parliament of Nauru
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Leader Marcus Stephen Baron Waqa [1]
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Leader's seat Anetan Constituency Boe Constituency
Last election9 seats9 seats
Seats won98
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President before election

Marcus Stephen


Marcus Stephen

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Early parliamentary elections were held in Nauru on 19 June 2010 after the previous parliamentary election in April 2010 had resulted in a deadlock between government and opposition, tied at nine seats each. [2] This led to an extended state of emergency in Nauru as a result of this election. [3]

Nauru Republic in Oceania

Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country in Micronesia, a subregion of Oceania, in the Central Pacific. Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 300 kilometres (190 mi) to the east. It further lies northwest of Tuvalu, 1300 km northeast of the Solomon Islands, east-northeast of Papua New Guinea, southeast of the Federated States of Micronesia and south of the Marshall Islands. With only a 21-square-kilometre (8.1 sq mi) area, Nauru is the third-smallest country in the world behind Vatican City, and Monaco, making it the smallest state in the South Pacific Ocean, the smallest state outside Europe, the smallest island state, and the smallest republic. Additionally, its population of 11,347 is the world's third smallest, after the Vatican and Tuvalu.

April 2010 Nauruan parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Nauru on 24 April 2010, following the dissolution of parliament by President Marcus Stephen on 16 March 2010. The election was called due to repeated attempts to oust the government of Marcus Stephen in votes of no-confidence. There were 86 candidates, eight of them women. Nauru uses a modified Borda count electoral system in eight multi-member districts.

State of emergency Legal declaration or de facto acts by a government allowing assumption of extraordinary powers

A state of emergency is a situation in which a government is empowered to perform actions that it would normally not be permitted to do. A government can declare such a state during a disaster, civil unrest, or armed conflict. Such declarations alert citizens to change their normal behavior and orders government agencies to implement emergency plans. Justitium is its equivalent in Roman law—a concept in which the senate could put forward a final decree that was not subject to dispute.


[4] In total after the calculation of the 8 constituencies there was a total of 5180 formal votes cast in the election.


The election occurred during a state of emergency imposed by President of Nauru Marcus Stephen. [3] [5] Voters were given just one week's notice for the date of the election. [3]

President of Nauru head of state and government in Nauru

The President of Nauru is elected by Parliament from among its members, and is both the head of state and the head of government of Nauru. Nauru's unicameral Parliament has 19 members, with an electoral term of 3 years. Political parties only play a minor role in Nauru politics, and there have often been periods of instability in the Presidential office. Shifting allegiances among a small number of individuals can lead to frequent changes in the makeup of the government of the day, including the presidential position itself.

Marcus Stephen Nauruan sportperson and politician

Marcus Stephen is a Nauruan politician and former sportsperson who previously was a member of the Cabinet of Nauru, and who served as President of Nauru from December 2007 to November 2011. The son of Nauruan parliamentarian Lawrence Stephen, Stephen was educated at St Bedes College and RMIT University in Victoria, Australia. Initially playing Australian rules football, he opted to pursue the sport of weightlifting, in which he represented Nauru at the Summer Olympics and Commonwealth Games between 1990 and 2002, winning seven Commonwealth gold medals.


The result was no clear majority, [3] meaning a hung parliament. [6]

A hung parliament is a term used in legislatures under the Westminster system to describe a situation in which no particular political party or pre-existing coalition has an absolute majority of legislators in a parliament or other legislature. This situation is also known, albeit less commonly, as a balanced parliament, or as a legislature under no overall control, and can result in a minority government. The term is not relevant in multi-party systems where it is rare for a single party to hold a majority.

One MP belonging to the opposition lost the re-election, while all 17 others were re-elected. [7] Independent MP Milton Dube holds the balance of power. [3] The Nauru Parliament's two groups must compete for his support. [8] Dube was elected in Aiwo constituency, unseating Dantes Tsitsi of the Opposition. [8] The new MP declared himself independent, and stated he would support the side which would do the most for his constituency. [8] He wants to reduce the levels of phosphate dust from a problematic drying plant. [8] The MP in favour of government, Doctor Kieren Keke, plans to discuss the matter with Dube within a week of his election. [3] Parliament have scheduled a sitting on the Tuesday morning following the election. [9]

Milton Dube is a Nauruan politician.

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Aloysius Amwano was elected as speaker on 30 June 2010, but demanded that Stephen stand down as president. [10] Stephen's followers agreed to this, but only if the new president came from their ranks, with their preferred nominee being Kieren Keke. However, there are two other contenders, Baron Waqa (the opposition leader) [11] and Godfrey Thoma. [12]

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Baron Waqa Nauruan politician

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Rykers Solomon, an opposition MP, joined the government on 6 July 2010, but Amwano nonetheless refused to allow a motion to elect the president, suspending parliament until 8 July 2010. [13] Amwano was then dismissed on 7 July 2010 by Stephen, [14] but refused to quit. [15] In a short parliamentary session held on 9 July 2010, Deputy Speaker Landon Deireragea announced that he had assumed the Speaker's position. [16]

Following further disagreements, the president called a state of emergency. [17]

On November 1, former President Ludwig Scotty was elected Speaker, ending the deadlock. Marcus Stephen was subsequently re-elected as President, defeating Milton Dube 11 to 6. [18]

e    d  Summary of the 19 June 2010 Parliament of Nauru election results
supporters of Marcus Stephen 9
opponents of Marcus Stephen 8
Independent 1
Source: Australia Network News

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