René Reynaldo Harris Death- Obituary, Nauru Ex-President

René Reynaldo Harris Death

René Reynaldo Harris, a Nauruan politician who served as President of Nauru four times between 1999 and 2004 (1999-2000, 2001-2003, 2003 and 2003-2004) has passed away. According to multiple reports, René Harris died on July 5, 2008.

Who Was René Reynaldo Harris?

René Harris, four times president of the tiny island nation of Nauru, was one of the South Pacific’s most controversial politicians. He was a larger-than-life character: physically rotund, with a forceful personality and a ruthless reputation.

Harris, who suffered from diabetes for some years, continued as an MP until 2008. He died on July 5, 2008.

As well as allegations of profligacy and siphoning off public funds, Harris’s government was accused of involvement in a passport scam and of allowing the Russian mafia to use the country as a money-laundering center. At one point the island had 400 offshore banks, all registered to one government mailbox.


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