Article by Martin Foskett
On Wednesday, a legislature vote of no confidence ousted Nauru President Russ Kun from office. This marks an essential shift in the political landscape of the Pacific island nation, which Kun has led since his election last year.
In the wake of Kun's ouster, the Nauruan government is forming a new administration. The Foreign Ministry is closely monitoring developments and will continue collaborating with the new government to promote stability and prosperity in the region. The Ministry will also support the new leadership in economic development, social services, and security.
In an official Facebook announcement, the Nauru government has stated that their two new presidential candidates, Environmental Management and Agriculture Minister Rennier Gadabu and Finance and Justice Minister David Adeang, are tied at nine votes each, and a new ballot will be held on Friday.
The Nauru government has stated that the recent vote will take place to ensure that the decision of the people of Nauru is met with a clear outcome. This announcement has come after a long period of speculation about the potential effect of the election, as both candidates have substantial support from different segments of the Nauruan population.
Despite this, the Nauru government has stated that they are confident that the new ballot will provide an outcome that reflects the people's will. Furthermore, the government has said that if the two candidates remain tied after the recent vote, a third ballot will be held. In any case, the Nauru government has expressed their commitment to ensuring that the people's decision is respected and that the new president will be chosen fairly and democratically.
Kun took part in the 7th Yushan Forum during his delegation's visit to Taiwan from October 8 to 12 and gave an opening address. Various delegates from around the world attended the forum, and Kun was able to exchange views and discuss various topics with them.
He also had the opportunity to visit multiple places in Taiwan, including the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. During his visit, Kun and his delegation took part in various National Day festivities, such as the flag-raising ceremony and the National Day parade, to show their support for Taiwan's democracy and its people.
Kun also had the chance to meet with local citizens and listen to their stories. The forum was an excellent opportunity for Kun to learn more about Taiwan's culture and history, as well as its current political and economic situation. Kun's visit to Taiwan was a great success, and he made a meaningful contribution to the 7th Yushan Forum.
Taiwan and Nauru have also conducted multiple cultural exchanges and established a scholarship program, so Nauru students can study in Taiwan. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry has highlighted the strong and friendly relationship between Taiwan and its ally Nauru, one of its 13 diplomatic allies, built on mutual trust and respect.
Both countries have worked together to develop a comprehensive cooperation framework that has resulted in more significant progress in numerous areas. This includes infrastructure, public health, climate change, clean energy, information and communications, agriculture and fisheries, education, and maritime patrol. Additionally, Taiwan and Nauru have conducted multiple cultural exchanges, with Taiwan sending performing arts and sports teams to Nauru and establishing a scholarship program for Nauru students to study in Taiwan.
This has helped to strengthen the mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries. Furthermore, Nauru has been a consistent supporter of Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization, the United Nations, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, and other international organisations. This has been a reflection of Nauru’s commitment to the Taiwan-Nauru friendship, and Taiwan is thankful for their support.
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