10 May 2013

Nauru's President considering state of emergency to end impasse

4:42 am on 10 May 2013

As a poltical stalemate continues on Nauru there are reports from the island that the President is considering declaring a state of emergency.

As has happened for weeks, two sessions of parliament on Thursday were abandoned due to a lack of a quorum.

The associates of the embattled President, Sprent Dabwido, are refusing to turn up.

They believe the Speaker, Godfrey Thoma, should dissolve parliament to allow elections as per an earlier directive from Mr Dabwido.

Mr Thoma says that first needs to be debated by parliament but he said last week that the President could take legal action to force the issue.

However sources on the island report the most likely course is the declaration of a state of emergency which will be quickly followed by the setting of an election date.