5 May 2021

Samoa head of state calls for new election

From Morning Report, 8:27 am on 5 May 2021

Samoa's head of state has called for a second election to bring an end to the deadlock in parliament.

The caretaker government Human Rights Protection Party and the newcomer FAST party have been tied on 26 seats each since last month's election.

However, FAST party leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa is not happy. A FAST party challenge against the appointment of an additional women's seat will be heard in Samoa's Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Samoa correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia spoke to Corin Dann.