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.
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.