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Fiame Naomi Mataafa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's expected new prime minister has pledged to shelve a $US100 million ($NZ139m) Beijing-backed port development, calling the project excessive for the small Pacific island that is already heavily indebted to China. Fiame Naomi Mataafa, the opposition leader set to become Samoa's...
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...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The party of Samoa's caretaker government is walking back suggestions from its leader that Facebook could be banned before the next election. Samoa will go to the polls for the second time this year on 21 May, following a controversial decision by the country's Head of State last week...
Samoa Ministry of Health Covid-19 vaccination advisory graphic
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's borders are likely to remain closed for the rest of the year, as health authorities set a Covid-19 vaccination target. Health boss Leausa Take Naseri says borders will re-open only when 98 percent of the eligible population has been vaccinated against Covid-19. Currently 7...
Mra Talimalie and her daughter Miriama
Apia, SAMOA — On the eve of Mother’s Day Sunday, a Nofoalii mother is mourning the tragic loss of her daughter who was pregnant, and due to have her baby this month. Miriama Tula’imalo, 41, died Friday night (Samoa time) from injuries sustained in a tragic incident when a bus ran over her. Her...

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