Bitter rivals embrace as Samoan MPs finally sworn in

It came after opposition MPs were sworn in after a court ruling paved the way for them to be allowed into parliament.

The speaker, Papali'i Lio Masipau, had banned elected members of the opposition HRPP from attending this week's parliament sessions and refused to swear them in.

On Thursday however, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the HRPP saying the speaker was obligated to swear in its elected members.

Papali'i banned the opposition MPs for what he saw as their continued denial of the legitimacy of the FAST government.

HRPP MPs in Samoa have been sworn-in

The speaker, Papali'i Lio Masipau, had banned elected members of the opposition HRPP from attending this week's parliament sessions and has refused to swear them in.

On Thursday, however, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the HRPP saying the speaker is obligated to swear in its elected members.

Papali'i has banned the opposition MPs for what he saw as their continued denial of the legitimacy of the FAST government.

New luxurious villas at Taumeasina Island Resort

According to General Manager Tuiataga Nathan Bucknall the new development consists of 12 self-contained 3-bedroom Villas offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. 

The new Villas are larger in size compared to those which are part of the original build. All are located on the mainland by the main entrance and directly face Taumeasina Island.

With the absence of international visitors due to COVID, Tuitaga acknowledged that it has been a very challenging period. 

Samoa's Tokyo 2020 weightlifting absentees receive Olympic uniforms and gifts

Athletes based in Samoa were prevented from attending the Games by a Government order which closed the country’s international borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This meant only Samoan athletes based abroad were able to compete in the Japanese capital.

Of the 11 who qualified for Tokyo 2020, eight were located overseas, while three weightlifters were based in Samoa.

Vaipava Nevo Ioane had been due to represent the Oceanian country in the men’s 67-kilogram division, Don Opeloge in the men’s 96kg and Iuniarra Sipaia in the women’s over-87kg.

Samoa nears final day for first jab of COVID-19 vaccination

The Ministry of Health said the last day to receive the first jab is 24 September.

The ministry is advising the public to ensure they get their first dose as soon as possible.

It also said that despite records showing 81 per cent of the eligible population received the first dose; more than 20,000 people have not been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Those who are eligible are advised to seek the nearest hospital or the vaccination teams going around villages.

Samoa Parliament session ends early as HRPP MPs leave

Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi spoke and hugged the former Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoi earlier today.

Earlier the police ordered HRPP members to leave, with a bus waiting to take the HRPP members away from Parliament grounds, but the group refused.

After the arrival of the Head of State, the HRPP members eventually left on their own accord.

Tuilaepa and 18 members of the HRPP have been banned from entering parliament for a second day by the Speaker Papali'i Li'o Masipa'u for failing to acknowledge the FAST government.

New Government aims to improve on Samoa’s $1 billion public debt

While presenting the National Budget Address 2021/2022 in Parliament yesterday, Afioga emphasized that the new government will work together to avoid such a debt in the future.

“It is unfortunate for the new government to inherit such high debt but it is committed to start reforms on governance to include public finance management, debt sustainability and fiscal consolidation in general to build adequate fiscal space for ‘rainy days’ over the medium term.”

Samoa FAST Party Government presents transitional budget

The budget was presented by the Minister of Finance, Afioga Mulipola Anarosa Ale Molio’o in Parliament, yesterday.

“As required under Standing Order 131, it is my great honour to present to the House the first Statement on the Estimates for the fiscal year 2021/22 on behalf of the Government – the first for the FAST Political Party. These estimates represent a transitional budget and is therefore called a “Budget for Recovery, building resilience and shared prosperity for all the people of Samoa”

94.5 percent receive first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine in Samoa’s Lotofaga district

The Ministry of Health confirmed the figure stands at 94.5 per cent.

More than 80 per cent of the eligible population in Vaisigano No. 2, Faasaleleaga No. 3, Lepa, Alataua Sisifo, Gagaifomauga No. 1 and Aleipata-Itu-i-Luga have received the first dose.

A total of 96,865 individuals nationwide composing of 50,579 males and 46,286 females have received the first jab and that represents 79.5 per cent of the eligible population according to the ministry.

Barricades up as Samoa parliament meets

The barricades went up late last night after Police put out a public notice declaring Parliament building and surrounding grounds out of bounds for all members of the public.

This follows an earlier press release from the office of the Speaker, Papali'I Ta'eu Masipa'u, banning all uninvited members of the public from attending the session this morning.

In a letter to the HRPP Monday 13 September, Papali'I said that a decision had been made not to allow an expected swearing in ceremony for them when the House convenes today.