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FAST leaders, Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Laauli Leuatea Schmidt
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Court of Appeal has ruled that the country has a new government after it judged the impromptu swearing-in by the newcomer FAST party on 24 May was legitimate under the doctrine of necessity. The ceremony came on the 45th day following the general election, the last day...
Demonstrators in Apia this week
Apia, SAMOA — More than 500 people are estimated to have taken part in a march in support of the Samoan Judiciary and calling for an end to the current political stand-off between two political parties. The Samoa Observer reports the march was organized by So'o'au Va'a and Maylynn Brown and...
Dr Iati Iati
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan academic in New Zealand says one positive amid the political crisis in Apia is the strength of traditional systems and structures. Both the election winner FAST party and the caretaker HRPP continue to battle it out in the courts for the right to rule. Meanwhile, electoral...
Members of the Samoa Law Society
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's professional legal body has firmly admonished the Head of State for his role in delaying parliament from convening. The Samoa Law Society, in its submission to Friday's Court of Appeal hearing to expedite an end to the country's Constitutional and electoral crisis, was clear...
Samoa parliament building with tents
Apia, SAMOA — At Friday’s sitting of the Samoa Court of Appeal to decide on the Supreme Court ruling on the legality of the ad-hoc swearing in of Faatuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) Party, the Court reserved its decision and Chief Justice Satiu set a date by which it would be delivered. The...
 Chief Justice Satiu Simativa Perese,Head of State, CJ's wife
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's caretaker government is continuing its attempts to undermine the judiciary. The Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) has written again to the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) requesting it act against the country's Chief Justice. The HRPP's MP for Faleata West, Leala'ilepule...
Chief Justice Satiu Simativa Perese and Head of State
Apia, SAMOA — Chiefs from a prominent village on Samoa's big island have thrown their support behind the country's Chief Justice after the caretaker government questioned his competency. Matai from Savaii's important maritime port village of Salelologa have urged the Human Rights Protection Party (...
FAST leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's caretaker HRPP administration and its leader Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi have been accused of an unprecedented attack on the rule of law. The call comes from the winner of April's election, majority party FAST, which has raised concern about what it described as "disturbing...
HRPP logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's HRPP party — the country's caretaker government — has now lost six seats since the 9 April election, with eight by-elections to come. The incoming FAST Party government holds 26 seats to the HRPP's 19. FAST, which won the election but has been stymied in its efforts to assume...
Suva, FIJI — In a press release issued Sunday, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum issued a statement regarding the Samoa election and the political situation that has ensured. Secretary General Henry Puna said, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat remains ready to provide...

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