Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Samoa's Tuila'epa sued for contempt

It was filed by the prime minister-elect, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, in the latest twist in a two-month political crisis.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is named alongside the speaker of parliament, the clerk of the legislative assembly, and the attorney general.

The FAST party, which won April's election, accuses the four of contempt for ignoring a Supreme Court order to convene parliament, at which point FAST should have been sworn in as government.

They were forced to hold an ad-hoc swearing outside - the legitimacy of which is also subject to legal challenge.

Samoa's Tuilaepa told his 'perversity' will be dealt with soon

Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, speaking formally as the country's elected prime minister, slammed the behaviour Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and his Human Rights Protection Party.

Fiame's FAST party, which won the most seats in last month's election, and the previous ruling party, HRPP, are waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on several contentious issues.

Speaking in a broadcast from FAST headquarters she said MPs and officials must move from their roles and offices and allow the public service to focus on its work in a business-like and orderly way.

Samoan prime minister claims to be 'appointed by God'

Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi's comments came after protests were directed against him in front of the Supreme Court.

He told the Samoa Observer "I am appointed by God" so protests were futile in front of the judiciary who he said had no bearing on his appointment.

The incumbent governing party HRPP and newcomers FAST, have been locked in a deadlock over who can form a government, since general elections last month.

Samoa man facing more charges over social media rant

Malele Atofu was arrested and locked in police custody for the second time.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is alleged to have been defamed in the first social media video rant by King Faipopo which resulted in his arrest three months ago.

Tuila'epa is one of the prosecution witnesses in the case against Faipopo.

The defendant's application for the matter to be quashed because Samoa has no jurisdiction to hear the case will be heard next Monday.

 

Samoa PM not after special treatment in Pacific Games return

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi won a silver medal in the mixed recurve team event at the 2007 Games in Apia and announced at the weekend his intention to represent Samoa once again at the 2019 event on home soil.

President of the Archery Samoa Federation, Muaausa Joseph Walter, competed alongside the Prime Minister 12 years ago and said he always expected the 74-year-old would want to give the Games another crack.

"When he competes with us I suppose he takes off his Prime Minister hat and he's part of the group," he said.

Samoa Tuila’epa reaches 20 years as Prime Minister

He is the longest serving prime minister in the Pacific region.

In his weekly radio interview, Tuila'epa said doctors had reassured him he was in good health with a heart that beats like a jet engine.

He succeeded the former Prime Minister Tofilau Eti Alesana.

Tuila'epa has been an MP since 1980 after working as a public servant and a diplomat.

     

Samoan Prime Minister hits out at climate change sceptics during fiery speech

Tuilaepa told the Lowy Institute in Sydney that climate change posed an "existential challenge" to low lying islands in the Pacific, and developed countries needed to reduce pollution in order to curb rising temperatures and sea levels.

"We all know the problem, we all know the solutions, and all that is left would be some political courage, some political guts, to tell people of your country there is a certainty of disaster," he said.

Samoa PM says no to same sex marriage in Samoa

Tuilaepa described same sex marriage as an abomination and a "Sodom and Gomorrah practice" at his weekly media conference on Friday.

He said there is no true Christian country in the world which would allow it and it would not be allowed in Samoa as long as it remained a Christian country.

Tuilaepa and his Human Rights Protection Party changed the country's constitution earlier this year to formally make Samoa a Christian state.

Tuilaepa rules out abortion and same sex marriage in Samoa

Tuilaepa has told his radio audience in Apia that his government would never allow what he calls "heathenistic practices" in Samoa.

Tuilaepa was reacting to a media query about claims that a Ministry of Health report suggested abortion be legalised.

He said under no circumstances would he and his party allow abortion.

The prime minister said Samoa is a Christian country and there are two things that he would never allow to be legalised; one is abortion and the other is same sex marriage.

 

Samoa PM supports civil society voice at the Forum

RNZ reports Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made the pledge this morning to civil society heads at their official breakfast meeting with the Forum Troika, leaders who are past, present and future chairs.

The executive director of the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs says she was pleasantly surprised at the support and consensus from leaders at the breakfast.

Emele Duituturaga said having a permanent civil society space for engagement with the Forum would be beneficial for the region as a whole.