12 Mar 2013

Supreme Court to hear Nauru political challenge

2:07 pm on 12 March 2013

A group of Nauru politicians led by a former cabinet minister Kieren Keke has mounted further Supreme Court action over the adjournment and subsequent dissolution of parliament by the speaker.

A government spokesperson, Rod Henshaw, says the Chief Justice, Geoffrey Eames QC, is to hear the challengers' case this afternoon.

In the meantime, however, the country's president has urged people to vote wisely in the coming election.

Annell Husband reports.

"In a national address last night the president Sprent Dabwido announced both the dissolution of Nauru's 20th parliament and the new election date - April the 6th. He spoke in support of the dissolution, saying he was handing back to the people the opportunity to choose parliamentarians who could take the country forward. He said governmental priorities are the constitution and the development and growth of the economy. He told people to choose carefully new MPs capable of working to move the country forward in terms of both priorities, which he described as equally important. He said that was something neither of the two governments with which he has worked have been able to manage."