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Samoa’s Attorney General Savalenoa Mareva Betham-Annandale
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Attorney General Savalenoa Mareva Betham-Annandale is lashing back at the country’s media who reported that she “walked out” of Sunday’s special sitting of the court following an application by FAST lawyers challenging a late night proclamation by the Head of State issued by...
CJ Satiu Simativa Perese, Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren and Justice Vui Clarence Nelson.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa media is reporting that the Samoa Supreme Court has issued orders to uphold the original proclamation dated May 20, 2021 by the Head of State of Samoa to convene the country’s XVIIth Parliament following the April 9 General Elections. The Orders of the Court, issued around 1pm...
Samoa Supreme Court bldg
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Observer is reporting Ministry of Justice and Court Administration Chief Executive Officer, Moliei Simi Vaai says a special “meeting in chambers” has been called by the Chief Justice, His Honor Satiu Simativa Perese on Sunday.  Speaking exclusively to the Samoa Observer F.A....
Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Saluavi II
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's head of state has cancelled Monday's scheduled sitting of parliament without explanation, in an extraordinary intervention that deepens the political turmoil seen for more than a month now. In a brief proclamation issued late on Saturday night, Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Saluavi...
Samoa flag
Apia, SAMOA — A proclamation has been issued by Samoa's Head of State to convene Parliament on Monday. It comes at the 11th hour as Samoa's constitution provides that the first sitting of parliament be within 45 days of the general election. Monday is the 45th day after the 9 April ballot. The...
Fiame Naomi Mataafa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's expected new prime minister has pledged to shelve a $US100 million ($NZ139m) Beijing-backed port development, calling the project excessive for the small Pacific island that is already heavily indebted to China. Fiame Naomi Mataafa, the opposition leader set to become Samoa's...
Samoa Parliament building
Apia, SAMOA —  While media around the region is reporting that Samoa's Head of State has agreed to convene parliament in order to swear in the members elected in April's general election, the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly is saying they have not been informed of this turn of...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, left; and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa.
Apia, SAMOA — The struggle to decide Samoa's government is headed back to court, as both main political parties continue to stand firm on their beliefs following a Supreme Court ruling dismissing a call for a second election. The Supreme Court on Monday (Samoa time) threw out the Head of State's ...
Samoa Supreme Court bldg
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Supreme Court has thrown out the Head of State's decision to call a second election, clearing the path for the newcomer Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party to form a government. Announcing the second election earlier this month, Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi...
Apia. SAMOA — The Supreme Court in Samoa has thrown out the electoral office's decision to appoint an extra woman member of parliament. It means the decision breaks a month-long deadlock from the April election, handing the newcomer FAST party a majority. The electoral office last month added the...

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