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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...
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...
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...
Samoa's Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese
Apia, SAMOA — The next step in attempting to resolve the political stalemate in Samoa is expected to occur today in court. The new FAST party, which has the same number of seats as the caretaker HRPP party, at 26, is seeking to have the Supreme Court overturn the appointment of a sixth woman to...
Tuilaepa talking with reporters earlier this week
Apia, SAMOA — The lawyers for the FAST Party in Samoa have been forced to withdraw a Supreme Court challenge after discovering they had the wrong information. They had wanted the rival HRPP winning candidate in the Fa'asaleleaga 5 constituency, Peseta Vaifou Tevagaena, declared ineligible to sit in...
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....
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoan politics is on a knife edge. After the country voted in general elections on April 9, counting so far has resulted in a dead heat between the two major parties. This is a stunning and unexpected electoral rebuke of the ruling party, the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP),...
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...
Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa take first sip of 'ava
Apia, SAMOA — Former Samoa deputy prime minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, has been named leader of the country's newest political party. The caucus of Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi, or FAST, party was united in the decision to elect Fiame leader during a meeting on Tuesday. Former HRPP MP and...