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Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Laauli Leuatea Schmidt
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's new FAST Party government has got down to work this morning, meeting with the heads of government departments, more than 100 days after it had won the election. FAST MPs were forced to swear themselves in because the Head of State had barred them from entering Parliament. The...
Demonstrators in Apia this week
Apia, SAMOA — More than 500 people are estimated to have taken part in a march in support of the Samoan Judiciary and calling for an end to the current political stand-off between two political parties. The Samoa Observer reports the march was organized by So'o'au Va'a and Maylynn Brown and...
Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is looking at lowering the minimum age of people eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri said a surplus of vaccines has led the Ministry to consider a minimum age of 12 to get vaccinated. The New Zealand government has offered to supply...
Dr Iati Iati
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan academic in New Zealand says one positive amid the political crisis in Apia is the strength of traditional systems and structures. Both the election winner FAST party and the caretaker HRPP continue to battle it out in the courts for the right to rule. Meanwhile, electoral...
Members of the Samoa Law Society
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's professional legal body has firmly admonished the Head of State for his role in delaying parliament from convening. The Samoa Law Society, in its submission to Friday's Court of Appeal hearing to expedite an end to the country's Constitutional and electoral crisis, was clear...
COVID vaccine viles and needle
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A legal ruling in Texas is opening the door to mandatory vaccinations in Hawaii, according to Hawaii’s attorney general. A federal judge allowed a Houston hospital to fire workers who refused to be vaccinated. The attorney general said that means the state can also...
Samoa parliament building with tents
Apia, SAMOA — At Friday’s sitting of the Samoa Court of Appeal to decide on the Supreme Court ruling on the legality of the ad-hoc swearing in of Faatuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) Party, the Court reserved its decision and Chief Justice Satiu set a date by which it would be delivered. The...
Tom Udall, D-N.M
Santa Fe, NEW MEXICO — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico is being nominated by President Joe Biden to become the next United States ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper is reporting. The appointment requires passage by the U.S. Senate, where Udall is...
Suva, FIJI — Fiji has reported a daily record 1405 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours to 8am on Friday, health authorities said. That compares to 1220 cases and 10 deaths in the previous 24-hour period. The government also confirmed six more deaths last night, taking the death toll to 80 - 78 of...
 Chief Justice Satiu Simativa Perese,Head of State, CJ's wife
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's caretaker government is continuing its attempts to undermine the judiciary. The Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) has written again to the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) requesting it act against the country's Chief Justice. The HRPP's MP for Faleata West, Leala'ilepule...

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