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Samoa's Speaker defers decision

Tuala alleges the MPs acted contrary to the terms of the Parliamentary Oath of Allegiance, contrary to the terms of the Code of Parliamentary Ethics and breached Parliamentary Standing Orders.

Papalii told Parliament his ruling on the complaint will be made once he looks into all aspects of the complaint.

The complaint follows the guilty verdict by the Supreme Court on charges of contempt of court against Opposition Leader Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and HRPP Secretary Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi earlier this year.

Samoa parliament to look at improving RSE worker conditions

The Labour and Employment Relations Amendment Bill 2022 was discussed in a members pre-sitting session on Monday and will be tabled by the Minister for Commerce, Industry and Labour, Leatinu'u Wayne So'oialo, in this session.

The ministry chief executive, Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling, said at the pre-sitting three main issues were addressed.

RNZ Pacific reports these include two yearly reviews of the minimum wage paid to seasonal workers.

Four new Members of Parliament welcomed into HRPP caucus

 A traditional welcoming kava ceremony (ava o le feiloaiga) was held at the Petesa HRPP party headquarters to welcome two Members of Parliament who had won their seats at the recent by-elections, and two women Members of Parliament appointed under the constitutional special measure to ensure Samoa’s parliamentary seats are at least 10% women.

 Maulolo Tavita Amosa secured the Sagaga 2 seat by 63 votes ahead of Faalogo Ivins Chan K Tong of FAST, while Aiono Tile Gafa secured the Aana Alofi 2 seat over FAST woman candidate Lolomatauama Eseta Faalata by just 19 votes.

Samoa Speaker unaware by-election dates have changed

Speaking to Talamua, Papali’i said he did not know of any changes and as far as he is concerned, the by-election is still on the 12 November.

 He said if there were any changes, then it is the Electoral Commissioner’s call.

 The changes were published on the Office of the Electoral Commission’s Facebook page .

* 29 October 2021 – Closure of electoral rolls for the 7 electoral constituencies of Safata 2, Sagaga 2, Sagaga 4, Falealupo, Aana Alofi 2, Falealili 2, Aleipata Itupa i Lalo.

 *The nomination period is from 01 to 05 November 2021.

Samoa rings changes to electoral law

The changes were pushed through under urgency, bypassing the parliamentary committee screenings process.

The amendments address some of the issues raised during the recent election petition court hearings.

They involve candidate eligibility and the government has sought to clarify this

By-elections are set to be held in seven constituencies.

All seven seats were won by candidates standing for the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP), which is now the opposition.

Samoa's parliament clerk sacked

The Samoa Observer reports the Speaker would not give details but said Tiatia had been served with his termination letter on Friday afternoon after the swearing in ceremony for the 18 members of the opposition Human Rights Protection Party.

Tiatia was suspended on August 20 along with then Attorney General Savalenoa Mareva Betham-Annandale who has since been sacked by the government.

The pair are also facing contempt of court charges along with former Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and former Speaker Le'aupepetele Toleafoa Fa'afisi.

No path into parliament yet for Samoa's HRPP

There were heated exchanges outside parliament as police turned back former prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and his Human Rights Protection Party colleagues.

The Speaker, Papali'i Li'o Masipa'u, banned HRPP members because he said they refuse to recognise him as Speaker.

Our correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia said the Speaker has not yet committed to a swearing-in schedule for HRPP.

He thought the Speaker might act at the end of the budget session.

Tuilaepa, who has been highly critical of the courts, is facing contempt charges.

Samoa parlt sits but opposition MPs banned

But it is without the members of the opposition HRPP party, who were shut out by the Speaker, Papalii Lio Masipau.

Papali'i announced a ban yesterday, saying the HRPP is still failing to acknowledge that the FAST party won the election.

This follows months of legal squabbles between the parties but last month the Court of Appeal declared FAST were the legitimate winners of the election.

This morning the HRPP staged a march near the grounds of parliament until police stepped in and told people to return to the party offices.

Samoa PM lenient towards unsworn MPs

The FAST party members, which won the April election, were sworn in under a tent outside parliament while the 25 HRPP members stayed away after a declaration by the Head of State who voided an earlier call for the meeting.

According to the Samoa Observer, the new Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa said regardless of the differences between political parties the unsworn members represent their constituents.

Convene Samoa Parliament: Forum Secretary-General

Forum Secretary General Henry Puna, in a statement said Samoa has for a long time been a shining example of self-determination and democracy within our Forum family.

He said the recent political developments continue to test the stability and relationship between Samoa’s governing institutions.

Puna said the most recent judgments by Samoa’s judiciary affirm a way forward aligned to the Constitution of Samoa.