Political standoff ends with speaker’s election in Nauru

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The Pacific nation of Nauru has an operational parliament, after a speaker was elected earlier today.

Godfrey Thoma’s election came after a two-week standoff following national elections.

There have been five unsuccessful meetings of Nauru’s parliament since elections in late April, but today the Opposition MP was elected as the speaker of parliament ending the nine-a-side deadlock in the 18-seat house.

President Marcus Stephen has said once parliament is operating he wants to introduce leglislation to have another MP elected in new elections, with the hope an uneven number will mean standoffs cannot happen again.

The opposition has said it wants parliament dissolved once a speaker is appointed to allow another election as soon as possible.