Once-wealthy Nauru is now in debt and reliant on international aid
The government of the tiny Pacific island of Nauru has said it won early elections aimed at ending months of political deadlock.
Although the world's smallest republic has no political parties, all nine members of President Marcus Stephen's government have been re-elected.
Three opposition MPs in the 18-strong parliament have lost their seats.
Parliament had been equally split between supporters and opponents of President Stephen.
With only 13,000 inhabitants, Nauru was once one of the world's richest countries thanks to its phosphate deposits but is now deep in debt and reliant on international aid.
Bad luck and government mismanagement have brought tough times for Nauru's population of 13,000, says the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney.
The country's debts are now approaching $1bn (£500m).
Australia recently closed an off-shore camp for asylum seekers, which had generated millions of dollars for the Nauruan government.
Now, though, phosphate exports have resumed, and Mr Stephen, a former Commonwealth Games weightlifting champion, hopes the latest election results will finally end the political stalemate, our correspondent says.