Nauru. On April 8, a new parliament was appointed.
Shortly thereafter, President René Harris was re-elected for
another three years, while former Minister Ludwig Scotty
became the new President. After just over a week, however,
both Harris and Scotty resigned, and Bernard Dowiyogo was
named new president. According to
COUNTRYAAH, Scotty was later re-elected as
President. Fraction battles were considered to be behind the
course of events.
In July, the G8, the world's richest countries,
threatened to impose sanctions on the states, including
which allow the laundering of black money on its territory. Dowiyogo had previously promised to take action against
this. During the year Nauru became a full member of the
In March 2010, Stephen disbanded parliament and held
parliamentary elections for April. HAn won the election but
lost a vote in parliament in November 2011, after which
Freddie Pitcher became president. He was faced with a new
vote of no confidence which he lost and new president for
the next 1˝ years became Sprent Dabwido.
Australia had a refugee camp in Naura in 2001-07: the
Nauru Detention Center, to which refugees reaching Australia
were sent. The center was a major source of income for the
poor country, but was closed for humanitarian reasons in
2008. It reopened in August 2012. Nauru does not allow
Amnesty International or other international human rights
organizations access to the center, where refugees are
stored under inhumane conditions.
Baron Waqa was elected president of Naurus in June 2013.
The country is hard hit financially by the lack of revenue
and by the global warming that will cause flooding of parts
of the country. Although it has been close allies of
Australia and the United States since independence and has
traditionally voted as the United States in the UN General
Assembly, this alliance is in disarray. Primarily due to the
unwillingness of large industrialized countries to curb CO
2 emissions and thus rising water levels.
Nauru has had diplomatic relations with Israel for
decades, and has been the country's faithful backer of the
UN politically. Israel has paid for the political support
with financial assistance.