18 May 2021

Samoa court dismisses call for second election

From Pacific Waves, 6:03 am on 18 May 2021

Samoa's Supreme Court has thrown out the Head of State's decision to call a second election, clearing the path for the newcomer FAST party to form a government.

The decision follows another ruling by the court earlier today which gave FAST an electoral majority after the addition of an un-elected extra women's seat was voided.

Our reporter Dominic Godfrey has been following developments, he joins me now. So what is the significance of todays rulings Dom?

The Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi party leader, Fiame Naomi Mataafa

The Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi party leader, Fiame Naomi Mataafa Photo: RNZ Pacific/Tipi Autagavaia