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Samoa's political upheaval continues as rivals in standoff

Samoa is facing another day of political uncertainty after the caretaker prime minister rejected the swearing in of the head of the majority FAST party.

May 25, 2021 1:58 pm

Pacific Islands

Samoa's first female PM locked out of parliament

In an ad-hoc ceremony, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa from the FAST Party was sworn in as Samoa’s first female Prime Minister yesterday afternoon.

May 25, 2021 5:27 am

Pacific Islands

Samoa Parliament lockout a 'coup': FAST

The majority FAST party in Samoa has described the caretaker government’s actions this morning in locking it out of parliament in Apia as tantamount to a coup.

May 24, 2021 5:22 pm

Pacific Islands

Political tensions deepen in Samoa

Political tensions have deepened in Samoa, as the FAST Party, which holds the majority of votes, has been shut out of parliament on the day MPs are due to be sworn in.

May 24, 2021 3:54 pm

Pacific Islands

F.A.S.T. moves in to Parliament; Police confronted

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.

May 24, 2021 9:40 am

Pacific Islands

Former Speaker calls off Samoa Parliament meeting

The official swearing-in of the Parliament of Samoa has been postponed until a further proclamation has been made by the Head of State.

May 23, 2021 7:45 pm

Pacific Islands

Supreme Court rules against suspending Samoa's Parliament

An urgent and unheard-of Sunday sitting of the Supreme Court in Samoa has ruled against the Head of State’s shock declaration that Parliament be suspended tomorrow – but the battle is far from over.

May 23, 2021 6:12 pm

Pacific Islands

Media advised to leave courthouse precinct in Samoa

Media personnel that gathered at the Samoa’s Supreme Court vicinity this morning to cover an urgent ‘meeting in chambers’ were asked to leave the court premises.

May 23, 2021 10:36 am

Pacific Islands

PNG's COVID-19 cases top 7000

The number of recorded COVID-19 infections in Papua New Guinea has passed 7,000, more than doubling in the past two weeks.

April 5, 2021 1:23 pm

Pacific Islands

Eleven more people die of COVID-19 in PNG

Papua New Guinea has recorded eleven new COVID-19 deaths, increasing the country’s total number of COVID-related deaths to 51.

March 30, 2021 10:49 am

Pacific Islands

Severe tropical storm heads to New Caledonia

New Caledonia is on high alert as it braces for the arrival of a category five tropical storm later today.

March 6, 2021 3:55 am

Pacific Islands

Samoa judge highlights need for pathologist

A Supreme Court judge in Samoa has urged the government to address the lack of a pathologist to perform autopsies on bodies at the country’s mortuaries.

February 24, 2021 11:35 am

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