28 Apr 2008

Provisional results in Nauru indicate government returned with increased majority

5:17 am on 28 April 2008

Provisional results indicate the Marcus Stephen-led government has been returned to power with an increased majority in Nauru.

After a snap weekend election, it appears Mr Stephen can expect a majority of at least 10 members in the 18 seat parliament.

The increased number of seats should end two months of political deadlock that has severely hampered the passing of essential budgetary bills in the cash-strapped nation.

The support for the government saw former president Rene Harris and two other opposition members lose their seats.

All government MPs retained their seats in what Justice Minister Mathew Batsiua described as a resounding victory.

Parliament is now expected to sit on tomorrow when the final make-up of the house will be determined.