Samoan appoint first female prime Minister~details below


 It was a mesmerizing day for the Samoa’s as the Samoa’s first female prime minister has been officially recognized, in a snap Court decision that has ended a three-month political impasse. 

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, who founded the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) Party in June last year, was sworn in at an ad-hoc ceremony held in a marquee outside the country’s Parliament building in late May. 

The caretaker government challenged the swearing-in, arguing it was not legitimate because the country’s Head of State wasn’t present. 

It followed months of political back-and-forth since the country’s election in early April. 

Today, the Samoan Court of Appeal found Fiame’s swearing in on May 24 was constitutionally followed. 

Chief Justice Perese, Justice Tuatagaloa, and Justice Tuala Warren delivered their decision just after 4:00pm. 

“The practical consequence of the declaration is that the FAST party, having been constitutionally sworn in on 24 May, are entitled to take office, ” the judgement said. 

The Court has moved to head off resistance from the caretaker government of Tuilaepa Sai’lele Malielegaoi, signalling it no longer has legal authority. 

“We also note that any action taken individually or collectively by those who have been in the caretaker government role, from this point forward in name of a caretaker government, will be regarded by the court as unconstitutional and unlawful, ” the judges said.

Lawyer for the FAST Party Muriel Lui said it was an historic day for Samoa. 

“People are excited to finally be able to move forward as a country and excited that we now have our first female Prime Minister and she can now get to work,” Ms Lui said. 

“For a lot of people, it’s just relief that we have, that we have an end to the impasse.” 

Ms Lui said she was pleased with the Court of Appeal’s decision. 

“If the swearing in of Parliament depended on the Head of State, choosing to exercise his constitutional duties or not, that means the Head of States could hold the country at an impasse,” she said. 

“And of course, that cannot be what the forefathers who drafted the constitution intended.”


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