PM-Elect was locked out of Congress

The Samoa government, which departed on May 24, blocked Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa from entering the Capitol, putting Samoa in the greatest constitutional crisis of decades.

On May 24, Fiamme and her upcoming ruling party, Fa Yuiry Aleatua Samoa Uatashi (FAST), will be legally in power under the Samoa Constitution, which gives 45 days until a change of power occurs. It was the last day I was able to do it.

Despite being locked out, Fiamme held an oath on the lawn outside parliament without the head of state, the judiciary, and the New Zealand Herald, a member of the opposition. report..But the Attorney General of Samoa Declaration The ceremony is illegal.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupes Mariele Gaoi has accused former Deputy Prime Minister Fiamme of rebellion and coup d’etat. This is despite the Supreme Court declaring FAST a legitimate winner after winning more seats than Tuilaepa’s Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP). ..

“This is a treason and the best form of illegal activity,” said Tuira Epa.

Tuira Epa called FAST a mafia-like organization and accused it of being mentally unstable and misleading the general public. He also showed that the people of Samoa, who demanded that he resign, would not give up his retention of power, saying “we need to come and ask.”

Meanwhile, FAST also said they were prevented from being sworn in by a coup in Congress.

Tuira Epa is one of the longest-serving prime ministers in the world, governing the island for 22 years and the HRPP in power for 39 years.

This attempt by HRPP to retain power will take place after both HRPP and FAST have won 25 seats in parliament and FAST has won the election by a small margin of one seat. One independent MP supported FAST and won the majority.

The HRPP then declared that it did not meet the country’s 10% quota for female parliamentarians and appointed additional female parliamentarians, increasing the number to 26. This is equivalent to FAST. However, the Supreme Court ruled that HRPP’s actions were inappropriate and paved the way for FAST to claim victory in the election.

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, Samoa’s head of state, Afio Gatui Malearii Fanovaret Asarauvi II, Cancel Congress sitting without explanation. The Supreme Court then dismissed his decision and ordered Congress to convene on May 24 to swear to Fiamme and her new government.

Fiamme recently released an international headline, saying it would abolish China-backed US $ 100 million port development, saying it was overkill for a small Pacific island that already had huge debt to Beijing. ..

This marked a change in the direction of the previous administration under the increasingly pro-Beijing Tuira Epa.

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Samoan Prime Minister Tui Lae Pasay Lele Mali Erega Oy, September 18, 2018, it met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing of China. (Lintao Zhang / AFP via Getty Images)

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Make a statement On Tuesday, the United Nations said it was ready to provide assistance to Samoa on request.

“The Secretary-General is tracking progress since the April 9 general election in Samoa,” a spokesman said. “He urges Samoa leaders to find solutions to the current political situation through dialogue for the best interests of the people and institutions of Samoa.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is also worried TVNZ breakfast On Monday, we called on all parties to support democracy.

“Here in New Zealand, we fully trust Samoa’s institutions, including the judiciary, which has played a very powerful role in interpreting views on what is needed after the election. “Ardern said.

“We also support democracy in Samoa and call on others to do the same. Obviously, this is a huge crossroads. This is the last 20 in Samoa’s elections. It’s a big change to what happened in the year, but our call is to maintain and uphold the rule of law and its democratic consequences, “she said.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne told The Epoch Times on Tuesday that Australia values ​​intimate friendships with Samoa, but it is important for all parties to respect the rule of law and the democratic process. It was.

“We trust Samoa’s institutions, including the judiciary,” Payne said.

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Australian Foreign Minister Marize Payne (R) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will take a photo on April 23, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. (FionaGoodall / Getty Images)

Fiame’s international support

Despite questions about the legality of her oath, Fiame and FAST are backed by the Pacific Community.

The Federated States of Micronesia said on Twitter that “the Federated States of Micronesia recognizes the legitimacy of Prime Minister Fiamme Naomi Mataafa” and upheld the rights of Fiamme to lead the country.

Similarly, the Fiji Women’s Forum congratulated Fiji, saying she is a strong advocate of women.

“Mataafa strongly supports women’s development and participation in politics and is one of the first women in Samoa,” they said.

“The victory by the Supreme Court of Mata Afa and the verification of her new party’s leadership over decades of the current administration are exciting and pave the way for all women politicians and young women with political ambitions in the Pacific region. It’s something to open. “They said

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