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Dr. Anna Powles
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi’s refusal to cede to Fiame Naomi Mata'afa in the Samoa election impasse is pure politics, but the solution will need to be indelibly Samoan, according to Dr. Anna Powles, senior lecturer at Massey’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies...
Care taker Prime Minister Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Prime Minister elect Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's caretaker prime minister is one of four top officials served with a motion accusing them of contempt of court. It was filed by the prime minister-elect, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, in the latest twist in a two-month political crisis. Samoa’s caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele...
Prime Minister elect, Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister elect, the FAST party leader, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, said negotiations remain at an impasse between her party and the rival HRPP. The parties met yesterday in Apia to try and resolve the stalemate resulting from the April 9th election. Fiame issued a statement...
Samoa police beside the rock wall where the accident happened
Apia, SAMOA — A single car accident at Maalauli Vailele last night claimed the life of a driver when his vehicle crashed into a rock wall on the side of the road. Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil said Police responded to a call at about 10pm Saturday night. “There were no other...
Parakeet eating a mango
Kauai, HAWAII — Thousands of wild rose-ringed parakeets with bright green feathers and brilliant red beaks obliterate hotel parking lots and vehicles daily with their poop. And they are a bane to farmers and backyard growers, decimating corn crops and fruit trees to satisfy a taste for citrus,...
Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's outgoing prime minister and prime minister-elect met on Thursday afternoon (Samoa time) as part of secretly-held negotiations about the transition to a new national government. However, neither leader would be drawn on the substantive details of the afternoon's discussions. "...
Samoa flag
Apia, SAMOA — A Court of Appeal decision on Wednesday (Samoa time) may pave the way for the newcomer Fast Party to assume control of the Samoan government. Samoa's Court of Appeal has voided the legal challenge by a Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) women's candidate, who said she was wrongly...
Tuimalealiifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's head of state has called for reconciliation and forgiveness, in a bid to end the country's political deadlock. Tuimalealiifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi's has provided his first public comments since he cancelled a scheduled sitting of parliament 10 days ago. The FAST party, which...
women with signs supporting an additional slot for women in parliament
Apia, SAMOA — A large crowd of women singing songs and waving signs lined both sides of the road leading to the Courthouse in Apia where the Samoan Court of Appeal heard yesterday an appeal by the Electoral Commissioner and HRPP candidate, Aliimalemanu Alofa Tuuau. Aliimalemanu was an unsuccessful...
Faleolo International Airport in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — In the face of Samoa’s political crisis several dangerously false news items on social media are being widely shared in Samoa. One such post states that China has taken over ownership of Samoa’s Faleolo Airport. The Samoa Airport Authority (SAA) is a State Owned Enterprise with a...

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