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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. "...
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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...
Fiame Naomi Mataafa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Faatuatua i Le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) has asked the Court to have Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi, Leaupepe Toleafoa Faafisi, the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and the Attorney General, cited for contempt of Court. This was confirmed by Fiame Naomi Mataafa during...
Rereata Makiha
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Matua Rereata Makiha is a renowned Māori astrologer and a leading authority on the maramataka -  the Māori lunar calendar, as well as traditional food planting and harvesting practices and kōrero tuku iho, or Māori history, handed down through generations. Mahika (Ngāti...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's incoming leader has condemned the actions of the former government and demanded it hand over power. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, speaking formally as the country's elected prime minister, slammed the behaviour Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and his Human Rights Protection Party. Fiame'...
Samoa Supreme Court bldg
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Office of the Attorney General, which yesterday asked the Court to recuse all of the judges from sitting on cases pending before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court — has now rescinded the request. In a press release issued yesterday afternoon the AG’s office says it...
Samoa Supreme Court bldg
Apia, SAMOA — The proposed schedule with respect to electoral matters, to 4 June 2021:  Wednesday 26 May 2021: A panel of three Justices will hear and determine three different applications concerning electoral petitions – these are – (1)  applications to amend electoral petitions which have...

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