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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...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — The decision by Samoa's head of state to call a second election will be challenged in the courts, as the country's month-long political stalemate descends into legal quagmire. Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II on Tuesday (Samoa time) announced he would revoke the results of the...
Rep. Ed Case
Washington, D.C. — Hawaii Rep. Ed Case called on the U.S. government Tuesday to prioritize relations with Pacific Island nations and help them battle illegal fishing, climate change and other problems.  The Boosting Long-term U.S. Engagement in the Pacific Act, or BLUE Pacific Act, would increase...
Fast leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa,
Apia, SAMOA —  Samoa called a fresh election Tuesday (Samoa time) after the last vote failed to produce a clear victor, prompting anger from the opposition, which called the move "trickery" and "unlawful". The Pacific island nation has been in political limbo since an April 9 election ended with...
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...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's FAST party leader, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa has urged the caretaker prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, to concede defeat. She told Samoa media at the weekend that he should recognise the recent election result in which her party won 26 seats against 25 seats won by HRPP...
Unloading yellowfin from a longliner  in Tonga
Waiheke Island , NEW ZEALAND — Recent years have seen a power shift, with Pacific Islands Nations gaining greater control and revenue returns from their Tuna fisheries. This has been the result of cooperation and hard work. This article will show that the Pacific Tuna fisheries are arguably the...
Care taker Prime Minister Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — In his first post-election interview with Radio 2AP this week Prime Minister Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi revealed the possibilities to determine the next government to lead the country for the next five years. Mindful of the pending petition before the Courts challenging the...
Joseph Matamata appearing via videolink
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The jail term given to a man convicted of slavery and trafficking has been called manifestly inadequate. Hastings-based Samoan chief Joseph Auga Matamata was last year given 11 years in prison for bringing 13 Samoans to New Zealand and exploiting them for more than two...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mataafa
Apia, SAMOA — It will now be Wednesday next week before the Samoa Supreme Court considers the legality of the appointment of a 6th woman MP to parliament. This comes as two parties, tied at 26 seats each, battle to become the new Samoa government. The Supreme Court today dismissed a request from...

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