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Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA  — Samoa's election results have been confirmed with 25 seats each for the incumbent HRPP and newcomer FAST, with the final seat holder yet to confirm allegiance. The FAST leader says final negotiations will be held over the coming week with an independent MP who may hold the balance of...
Samoa Electoral Commission Office staff
  Apia, SAMOA — The official results of Samoa's 2021 general election has the top two political parties still tied. The final round of counting ended Friday (yesterday in Samoa), and the Electoral Commissioner then presented the results to the Head of State, who then declared the results official....
Samoa Election office staff
Apia, SAMOA — The final and official count for the Samoa general election 2021 is now underway. By 11pm Sunday night, all special votes had finally been sorted to the electoral constituencies - all done in the presence of official scrutineers. Provisional results over the weekend had the two main...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A man who launched a fatal attack on an Auckland party-goer will be deported to Samoa when he is released from prison. Esau Vailagilala was 19 when he tackled John Li'a to the ground after a birthday party in Mt Roskill in 2011. He was joined two other men and they used...
Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) leader Fiame Naomi Mataafa
Apia, SAMOA — Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) leader Fiame Naomi Mataafa has told the party’s election candidates that the journey with the party is not yet over and they anticipate legal challenges to some of their victories.  Party committee members including candidates in the...
Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio
Apia, SAMOA — After 15 years of trying and failing, Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio has secured his passage to Parliament, but also found himself as perhaps the most pivotal figure in Friday’s elections.  Preliminary election results showing dead-heat between the incumbent Human Rights Protection Party (H.R...
Nikki Upoko of Ura Tabu practices her dance
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Auckland is welcoming back one of its biggest annual events, the Pasifika Festival, this weekend - and this time at a new venue. Celebrating all things Pasifika since 1993, this year's event is being held at Mt Smart Stadium with the second day today, instead of the usual...
Covid-19 vaccine bottles
Apia, SAMOA — The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa on Friday (Samoa time). According to the Samoa Observer, over 20,000 vials of the vaccine, sourced under the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility, arrived at the Faleolo International...
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — A 35-year-old Samoan seasonal worker has been charged after a car crash that led to the death of one of his compatriots.  The man, whose name has not been released to the media, has been charged with "careless or inconsiderate vehicle operation causing death", the New Zealand Police...
Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio
Apia, SAMOA — Pre-polling in Samoa's general election ended yesterday (Thursday in Samoa) with voting open in Samoa’s general election today (Friday in Samoa). This is the first election that the Electoral Commission announced daily results from the pre-polling. The Human Rights Protection Party...

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