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Yearbook 2007

Nauru. According to CountryAAH, President Ludwig Scotty announced parliamentary elections until August 25. The reason is believed to have been that he sought support for the tough economic reforms that he was beginning to implement to remedy the poor government finances. The election was a victory for the government, which got 15 of the 18 seats in parliament. Scotty and all his ministers retained their mandate. Over 80 candidates competed for the 18 parliamentary seats. The only opposition member to be re-elected was former President René Harris, who was allowed to leave the government after a declaration of confidence in 2004.

2007 Nauru

On August 28, Scotty was re-elected president of the new parliament. He retained his former ministers. In November, three of them resigned after a quarrel with Finance and Foreign Minister David Adeang, who they accused of financial irregularities in contacts with Thai businessmen. Adeang said it was instead a power struggle.

A group of MPs accused President Scotty of not doing anything about the corruption charges. They failed to trap him in a vote of no confidence in November, but succeeded in December when several of Scotty's supporters had switched to a political faction led by former Health Minister Kieren Keke, one of the resigning ministers. Marcus Stephen, former champion of weightlifting, was elected new president. He promised more transparency in the state's affairs.

Nauru has the world's most obese population according to a survey presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) in February. About 94 percent of the country's adult population is overweight. Neighboring countries such as the Micronesia Federation and Tonga are only slightly better; Southern Pacific is the region in the world that has the highest proportion of overweight per inhabitant. Fast food from the western world has taken root in N. and an explanation for it is poverty, according to experts. Cheap food often contains a lot of calories, but not much nutrition. But there may also be cultural reasons; Among some groups in Oceania, beauty is the same as a large body.

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