Third president within a week


Nauru elected a new president yesterday just a week after a president was elected.

A week ago President Marcus Stephen, who had led the country for about four years, resigned over corruption allegations. He was replaced by the government in a vote which elected Freddie Pitcher.

But yesterday in a no confidence vote the opposition gained a crossover in the form of former telecommunications minister Sprent Dabwido and the old government was voted down by nine votes to eight.

Sprent Dabwido was then elected as the new president of the island nation with a population of around 10,000 people.

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