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Fiame Naomi Mataafa
Apia, SAMOA — Fiame Naomi Mata'afa from Samoa's election-winning FAST party has been named the country's first female Prime Minister, in a ceremony her rival called "treason". She named her Cabinet Monday afternoon in the ceremony in a large marquee tent erected on the Parliament grounds. Whether...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —News media outlets from around the Pacific region were reporting that the political turmoil in Samoa has increased, with the FAST party that holds a majority locked out of parliament in Apia. The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Tiatia Graeme Tualauelei met with the...
Samoa's caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Salele Malielegaoi (left) and FAST leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — The Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party has moved onto Parliament's premises calling on Police to uphold the law, Samoa Observer is reporting. According to the Observer, F.A.S.T.'s deputy leader, Laauli Leautea Schmidt. confronted the Assistant Police Commissioner,...
Farmer and Samoa Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries staffer
Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa’s land is more mountainous than not and as a result pig farming is more prevalent locally. However, in neighboring Samoa, where flat land is more available, cattle farms, in addition to pig farms are viable sources of income, and are being supported by a government...
Samoa Parliament building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa media outlets are reporting that the former Speaker of the House, Leaupepe Toleafoa Faafisi under the letterhead of his former office issued a public notice calling off Monday’s opening of Parliament despite orders from the Supreme Court to revoke the Head of State’s eleventh...
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...
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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...

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