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Samoa's opposition leader, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's opposition leader, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has called on the FAST government to stop withholding salaries for the Human Rights Protection Party parliamentarians. TV1Samoa reports that Tuilaepa made the call at a news conference saying none of them had been paid since...
Tuilaepa and Fiame hug at swearing in
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan Prime Minister and her predecessor embraced to cheers in Parliament on Friday, effectively ending months of turmoil following the disputed April election. It came after opposition MPs were sworn in after a court ruling paved the way for them to be allowed into parliament....
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi in the arms of the Head of State
Apia, SAMOA — As Samoa police were poised to remove opposition HRPP members from Parliament grounds by force the Head of State, Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, arrived and was then seen greeting the tearful leader of the HRPP Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Despite the police instructing the...
Samoa police behind barricades
Apia, SAMOA — For the first time in the 59 years of Samoan independence, the Parliament grounds have been barricaded for today's session of the House. The barricades went up late last night after Police put out a public notice declaring Parliament building and surrounding grounds out of bounds for...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Honolulu, HAWAII — It seemed like a new era for Samoa when it voted its first woman prime minister into office, after more than 20 years under the previous leader. But the small Pacific nation’s political future is still uncertain, as the fallout from the election continues with potentially power-...
Samoa Parliament building
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan Parliament will meet for the first time since before the April general election, on September 14. Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa announced on Wednesday that the budget for the next financial year would be tabled until then. She said the budget would be presented by the...
Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta
Apia, SAMOA — The New Zealand Government says it has full confidence Samoa's new government and its judiciary will continue to act with integrity. This comes after former prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, claimed that the recent actions of the judiciary had shattered the constitution...
Screenshot from Samoa Global News graphic of activities now allowed again
Apia, SAMOA — The new FAST Cabinet have moved to ease State of Emergency restrictions including the call to begin negotiations with the New Zealand government for the possibility of a travel bubble with Samoa. “Feutagai ma le Malo o Niu Sila mo le faamautuina o aiaiga talafeagai uma e ao ona...
After nearly four months of being taken to the brink of dictatorship, Samoa’s constitutional crisis ended on July 26 when the prime minister for the past 23 years, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, conceded defeat. With the April 9 election loss, the 40-year dominance of Samoan politics by Tuilaepa’s...
Convoy of cars for demonstration against judiciary.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's court houses in Apia closed on Friday (Samoa time) in anticipation of a convoy of protest against the country's judiciary. Our correspondent in Apia says hearings scheduled for the afternoon were moved to Monday to avoid any disruption. The protests are in support of the...

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