Samoa’s 2017-2018 Budget Estimate Debate begins

And as usual it is the perfect vehicle for lawmakers to voice the needs of their respective constituencies.

That was crystal clear with the overwhelming support echoed in parliament yesterday morning as Members of Parliament gave their verbal approval to support the government’s proposed spending for the next 12 months.

Samoa Tautua and HRPP MPs to play role of opposition

Under the current standing orders a political party must have eight MPs in order to be recognized.

With the Tautua party only securing three of the 50 seats in the general election, party members had called on the new government to consider lowering that number.

Fiji's opposition NFP suspended

FBC News said the suspension was for 30 days with immediate effect.

The NFP provided its 2013-2014 Annual Audited Accounts to the Registrar, which was published in the Fiji Sun on November 13th.

FBC News said the accounts were not audited by an accountant certified by the Fiji Institute of Accountants.

Samoa opposition MP loses seat over vote transfer

But the MP who holds the seat Levaopolo Talatonu maintains he is still the sitting MP for the Gaga'emauga number 2 seat constituency.

The speaker Laauli Leuatea Polataivao says the decision was made following confirmation from the Electoral Commissioner that the MP's electoral vote would be transferred from Gaga'emauga number 2 to Salega East constituency.

Fiji Parliament to elect new President today

As per requirement under the 2013 constitution, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has nominated former military officer and current cabinet minister Jioji Konrote for the position, where as the opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has nominated Taveuni chief and former military commander Ratu Epeli Ganilau.

The constitution requires the President has had a distinguished career in any aspect of national or international life, whether in the public or private sector.