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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Observer is reporting Ministry of Justice and Court Administration Chief Executive Officer, Moliei Simi Vaai says a special “meeting in chambers” has been called by the Chief Justice, His Honor Satiu Simativa Perese on Sunday.  Speaking exclusively to the Samoa Observer F.A....
Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Saluavi II
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's head of state has cancelled Monday's scheduled sitting of parliament without explanation, in an extraordinary intervention that deepens the political turmoil seen for more than a month now. In a brief proclamation issued late on Saturday night, Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Saluavi...
Samoa Parliament building
Apia, SAMOA —  While media around the region is reporting that Samoa's Head of State has agreed to convene parliament in order to swear in the members elected in April's general election, the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly is saying they have not been informed of this turn of...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, left; and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa.
Apia, SAMOA — The struggle to decide Samoa's government is headed back to court, as both main political parties continue to stand firm on their beliefs following a Supreme Court ruling dismissing a call for a second election. The Supreme Court on Monday (Samoa time) threw out the Head of State's ...
Samoa Supreme Court bldg
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Supreme Court has thrown out the Head of State's decision to call a second election, clearing the path for the newcomer Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party to form a government. Announcing the second election earlier this month, Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi...
Apia. SAMOA — The Supreme Court in Samoa has thrown out the electoral office's decision to appoint an extra woman member of parliament. It means the decision breaks a month-long deadlock from the April election, handing the newcomer FAST party a majority. The electoral office last month added the...
Taulapapa Brenda Heather Latu right
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is to hear on Monday whether fresh elections will go ahead next week. The Supreme Court today heard challenges to the new ballot called last week by the Head of State, Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II. Chief Justice Satiu Simativa Perese said the hearing would test the...
Samoa Supreme Court bldg
Apia, SAMOA — The chief justice in Samoa has rejected an attempt to delay a challenge to the legality of a second election. The Head of State last week called for a second election as a way to break a month-long deadlock between the caretaker Human Rights Protection Party government and the...
Samoa Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and FAST leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — New candidates will not be allowed to contest Samoa's second election of the year. The head of state called a new election after April's election wound up in a protracted deadlock, with the two sides on 26 seats each. According to the writs issued by the head of state, only candidates...
Head of State Tuimalealiifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Head of State has called for a second general election to bring an end to a deadlock in parliament. The caretaker Human Rights Protection Party and the newcomer FAST party have been tied on 26 seats each since last month's election. In an address to the nation tonight, Head of...

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