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Further fallout in Nauru after 'ridiculous' observer mission

December 23, 2015 4:01 pm

Another Nauru MP is asking why the Commonwealth Secretariat’s observer mission didn’t seek out opposition voices.

Squire Jeremiah was charged alongside three other MPs for being involved in a protest in June.

They were protesting their suspension from parliament, brought on by the government in response to the MPs talking to international media.

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Judges, magistrates and other workers have been deported from the island nation and New Zealand has cut its aid funding.

Squire Jeremiah says the two-man team – the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Pacific representative Albert Mariner and the foreign affairs minister of Solomon Islands, Milner Tozaka – were unprofessional.

“Disappointing and ridiculous I would say, because he thought his visit may be as popular as he may think but no one [was] aware that they were visiting. And I thought it would be important for him to speak to the opposition, other than the government themselves.”

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