Monday, June 14, 2010

Back to the polls in Nauru

Back in April, the people of Nauru went to the polls in parliamentary elections. The elections had been called early in an effort to break a deadlock between government and opposition. However, every incumbent MP was re-elected, meaning the deadlock continued. The "new" parliament has barely been able to agree on a Speaker, let alone a President, and so after seven weeks it has been dissolved, with new elections to be held this weekend.

The worry is that the same Parliament will be re-elected for a second time. What happens then? Do Nauru's politicians accept the hand they have been dealt by the people, and try to find a way to make it work - or do they keep making people vote until they get it right?