13 Apr 2021

Samoa election: Fiame Naomi Mata'afa on why her new party did so well

From Morning Report, 8:51 am on 13 April 2021

Samoa is awaiting final vote counts and some horse-trading to see which of two political parties will govern for the next five years.

The Human Rights Protection Party or HRPP and Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) are both deadlocked on 25 seats each - with an independent holding the remaining one.

FAST is less than a year old.

Its leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa told RNZ Pacific's Don Wiseman the way the previous HRPP government rammed through three controversial land bills is a big factor in her party's success