3 May 2010

Nauru's Stephen unfazed by parliamentary stalemate

6:05 am on 3 May 2010

Nauru's caretaker President Marcus Stephen says despite the continued stalemate in parliament, it is business as usual as far as governing Nauru is concerned.

The parliament is deadlocked at nine members a side after last month's early general election, which returned all 18 members.

So far, the new parliament has had two sittings but failed to elect a speaker.

Mr Stephen says while he is hopeful an early resolution can be found, his government can continue to govern until the end of June if necessary.

He says when the parliamentary process is resolved, it should be the priority to amend the constitution to prevent such stalemates in the future.