25 May 2021

Samoa election: FAST Party spokesperson on ructions

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 25 May 2021

Accusations of coups and treason are flying in Samoa as the stand-off between the majority FAST party and the defeated caretaker government shows no sign of ending.

The Supreme Court had ordered parliament to sit, overruling the Head of State's decision to cancel Monday's sitting.

However, FAST was barred from entering the parliament building after Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, who has been Prime Minister for 23 years and leader of HRPP, directed the Speaker to lock the doors.

The FAST party of Fiame Naomi Mata'afa held its swearing in ceremony in a tent on the parliament's grounds.

Corin Dann spoke to Apulu Lance Polu, a spokesperson for the FAST Party.