Published On: Mon, Jul 12th, 2021
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Pro-China Samoan Interim Prime Minister To Appear Before Court As Election Crisis Continueson July 12, 2021 at 5:40 am

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Samoa’s caretaker Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is set to appear before the country’s Supreme Court on Monday for refusing to follow orders issued by the court in May to open the nation’s Parliament. Tuila’epa and three colleagues refused to open the country’s Parliament for a swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and her opposition party FAST on May 24. The FAST parliamentarians then held an impromptu swearing-in ceremony outside Parliament House which Tuila’epa declared was an act of treason and “the highest form of illegal conduct.” Tuila’epa, who is known for his pro-Beijing stance, has refused to admit that he and his party the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) lost the pacific island’s April election. RNZ reports that the Supreme Court hearing will decide the extent of Tuila’epa’s role in the blockade of Parliament and whether criminal contempt applies to his actions. The political upheaval …

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