The unexpected order came that Samoa was the first female prime minister two days before the parliament scheduled the swearing-in of opposition leader Fiame Naomi Mata’afa (Fiame Naomi Mata’afa).
After the Samoan head of state abruptly canceled the parliamentary meeting, he fell into a new political turmoil. The meeting is expected to confirm that this is the first change of government in a Pacific country in nearly 40 years.
Tuimaliifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II came to Samoa’s newly elected parliament two days before late Saturday afternoon, convened and held the opposition Rapid Party leader Fauami Nami Mazasafaya as the country’s first A female prime minister.
In a brief announcement posted on Facebook, Sualauvi said that he “will suspend parliamentary voting until the time it is announced, and for reasons that I will announce in due course”.
FAST said it would request the Supreme Court to overturn the order on Sunday.
The decision of the appointed head of state is the latest turning point in the political crisis, which broke out after the general election on April 9th. The election was based on a 25-25 tie between the FAST party and the current Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP). In the end, there was only one independent candidate.
The election commissioner intervened by appointing another OHCHR candidate who was said to meet the constitutional minimum quota of women in parliament.
At the same time, independent candidates chose FAST and won 26-26.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi (Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi), who has held the highest office for 22 years, then persuaded Sualauvi to announce that the second election will be held on May 21.
FAST appealed, and the Supreme Court ruled last week on both the appointed candidates and the new election plan, restoring Mata’afa’s party to a 26-25 majority.
When the appeal panel rejected HRPP’s request to suspend these rulings on Friday, Sualauvi asked Congress to meet on Monday and then cancel the order on Saturday night.
Radio New Zealand said that Sualauvi’s latest announcement “convenes parliament within 45 days of parliamentary elections” raises constitutional issues, and “any meeting after Monday seems to violate this rule.”
At the same time, Malielegaoi insisted that HRPP still leads the country by 220,000, while Mata’afa stated that she will challenge the latest decision in court.
The daughter of Samoa’s first independent prime minister, Mata’afa, was a representative of Malielegaoi and separated from the government last year after opposing changes to the Samoa constitution and judicial system.
The 64-year-old said she “will abide by the rule of law.”