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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's incoming prime minister has called for the caretaker HRPP government to relinquish power so the country can rebuild. The country is in a constitutional crisis after the FAST party, which won a majority in April's election, was blocked from entering parliament to form a...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister-elect says she doesn't think the accusation of treason by the incumbent leader holds sway and suggested he his having a hard time letting go of power. Samoa's Attorney-General filed a complaint with the Supreme Court, claiming Monday's swearing in of the FAST...
Monica Miller
Suva, FIJI — Samoa journalists who stood their ground after being told by police to leave a parking lot at the Samoa Supreme Court should receive an apology, and an explanation of why they were not allowed in court, says the Pacific Freedom Forum, PFF. Members of the Samoa media who had gathered at...
Image of Charlie the Tuna at StarKist headquarters
Pittsburgh, PA — StarKist Co. plans to close its Pittsburgh headquarters and relocate to Virginia next year. The company said Monday that it would move to the Washington, D.C., area in 2022. Its Pittsburgh headquarters on the North Shore, near PNC Park, will close on March 31, 2022. “The company...
Associate professor Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The next step in the Samoan crisis is to see where the police land and to get a sense of who is going to line up on which side and who will get “the social licence” to be the legitimate government, says a leading New Zealand academic. Associate professor of Pacific studies...
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...
Samoa flag
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...

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