18 Feb 2013

Nauru Government has now lost half its Cabinet as ructions continue

2:44 pm on 18 February 2013

The disarray in the Nauru government is growing with a third Cabinet minister leaving the Sprent Dabwido administration.

Two ministers have now quit - the latest to go the Finance Minister Roland Kun after the Foreign Minister Dr Kieren Keke resigned two weeks ago.

Former president and Commerce, Industry & Environment Minister, Marcus Stephen, was sacked last week.

This leaves a Cabinet of just 3, including the President - a situation the Australian newspaper reports may be unconstitutional.

The ructions come as Nauru is supposedly preparing to begin what a government offical calls the formal interview process for the more than 400 asylum seekers detained in the Australian run detention camp on the island.

The newspaper suggests that Australia's push to re-establish the camp triggered the chaos.