2 Aug 2007

Nauru government opts for early polls in reform bid

6:21 pm on 2 August 2007

Nauru's Government has called an early election to win more support for its reformist agenda.

Candidates will have three weeks to campaign ahead of voting on August 25th, two months ahead of the scheduled date in late October.

The Ludwig Scotty administration came to power in 2004 when the country was technically bankrupt.

It initiated a series of economic reforms to re-start the economy and is pushing for constitutional changes aimed at greater transparency and to ensure any future riches are not frittered away.

But the finance minister, David Adeang, says they need more parliamentary support to make the changes.

"That's pretty much it and of course constitutional changes are not the be all and end all of our reforms - there is a whole lot of stuff we want to do but, yes, I like to think that without constitutional reforms, then really, we are setting up in Nauru where the mistakes of our past can be repeated and it would be irresponsible of us to do so."

David Adeang