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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...
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...

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