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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to recuse all of the judges from sitting on cases pending before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court — has now rescinded the request.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...
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...

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