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Edwin Tamasese
Apia, SAMOA — A man on trial in Samoa for posting comments online last year attacking the government's measles vaccination program is seeking the recusal of yet another judge presiding over his case. Edwin Tamasese's defense lawyer has applied for recusal of Justice Alalatoa Rosella Papalii because...
Electoral commissioner Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio
Apia, SAMOA — Voters in Samoa have been told they must register with the electoral commission by Thursday 8 October or face a fine. Electoral commissioner Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio told TV1 Samoa 12,000 new voters have registered so far. "Going on figures from the last census, we had targeted...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Member of Parliament for Lotofaga, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, has called for a vote against the leadership of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) in the 2021 General Election to prevent them from reshaping the judiciary, threatening the rule of law in Samoa. In an...
Guns seized in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's police have launched a three month amnesty for unlicensed and illegal arms. TV1Samoa reported Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil indicated the amnesty also included explosives in their possession. It was the third amnesty since Fuiavailili took command of the country's...
Little girl in her White Sunday best.
Apia, SAMOA — Businesses across the country are registering a surge of orders and advertising special offers for clothing and food more than a fortnight ahead of the White Sunday holiday.  Typically on White Sunday children lead Sunday services, reciting scriptures and performing in plays and...
Talalelei Pauga during an earlier court appearance.
Apia, SAMOA — The man who threw a pig’s head at Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, and is now accused over a plot to kill the P.M., is facing an extradition hearing in Australia. A spokesperson for the Attorney-General's office told the Brisbane Times that the defendant, Talalelei...
Manufalealili Dr Viali Lameko
Apia, SAMOA — The Vice-Chancellor of the Oceania University of Medicine in Apia has called for a ban on the advertising of sugary food and drinks in Samoa. Manufalealili Dr Viali Lameko wrote in the latest edition of the Journal of Samoan Studies, saying the move, along with the promotion of more...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister is looking to modify legislation which allows people to leave their parties and still remain an MP. During his weekly radio address Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi spoke of weaknesses in the legislation. According to Tuila'epa amending the legislation would make...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government is shouldering the blame for the three Lands and Titles Court legislative measures under scrutiny, says Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.  “It’s a campaign platform leading up to the General Elections next year,” he continued. In an exclusive...
Samoa's parliament
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa could have a new deputy prime minister by next Tuesday with parliament reconvening earlier than expected. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported the political party whip of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party, Alai'asā Sepulona Moananu, saying caucus members will vote for a...

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