Fiame Naomi Mata'afa

Samoa's former Deputy PM to join new political party

Fiame told a rally on Tuesday that she will make the much anticipated move after Parliament sits for the last time next Tuesday.

Samoa Observer reports that she encouraged voters at Safata 2 electoral constituency to exercise their right to vote to achieve a change of government.

"We were also there in Government, but the reason we left was due to extreme abuse of power," she said.

Samoa’s former DPM indicates joining main position party

Fiame stepped down from the Deputy PM role in September claiming the country was "sliding away from the rule of law" and, has since been an independent citing "rigged" electoral rules.

"I've been working with the new party Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) and when parliament resumes in January I can become a member of the FAST Party because you will appreciate that you can't do much as an individual."

Fiame to not join another Samoa political party soon

Fiame resigned last week and the veteran politican says she will remain an independent for the rest of the current parliamentary term.

She says the implication of joining another party now that she has left the governing HRPP was that she would lose her seat immediately which she did not want.

Fiame has made it clear she wants to run in next April's Elections and says she has discussed this with her former leader and Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Samoa court legislation would undermine rule of law - Fiame

Fiame, a long serving MP for the Human Rights Protection Party, was, until last week, deputy prime minister and natural resources minister.

From 2011 to 2016 she was justice minister.

Fiame said she was concerned the autonomy to be granted to the court would amount to a dismantling of the judicial sector, because there would be no oversight of its actions by the Supreme Court.

"They will have a judiciary but with very flimsy provisions around legal issues and processes, and it is the discretionary powers that I am very uncomfortable with.

Samoa calls on older generation to listen to youth voice

Speaking at the opening of Youth Week in Apia, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa acknowledged many young people's achievements and contributions to Samoa's development.

Youth make up 64-percent of Samoa's population.

She also encouraged the youth to utilize their talents and skills to develop their families, villages and the country and acknowledged those who have excelled in sports on the world stage.

Fiame made particular reference to Samoa's recent gold medal won at last month's Commonwealth Youth Games rugby sevens tournament.