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Nauru MP Alleges Government Has Lost Mandate
Resignations, sacking have left parliament split into factions

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 20, 2013) – A Nauru opposition MP says the President, Sprent Dabwido, may be eyeing an early election as he tries to cope with a constitutional crisis.

Mr. Dabwido has just two cabinet ministers after two resignations and a sacking in the past two weeks, leaving the 18-member parliament split into three factions.

MP Baron Waqa says the government has lost its mandate and cannot fulfill its constitutional functions.

No one in the government, including officials, is commenting on the situation but Mr. Waqa says everything is at a standstill and that is not good for the country.

He says elections are due in the middle of the year but the president may bring the date forward.

"At the moment there are a lot of people arranging transfers from one constituency for another in readiness for the election because maybe they can see that elections will be very, very soon now - probably become a stronger option for the President if he cannot arrange anything soon."

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