25 May 2021

Samoan election: Pacific Studies associate professor Damon Salesa on political crisis

From Morning Report, 8:19 am on 25 May 2021

Samoan politics is still in a confusing state.

The recently elected FAST party held a swearing in ceremony in a large marquee tent erected on the Parliament grounds on Tuesday.

This was after the caretaker Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi of HRPP barred his rivals from entering parliament.

Whether this ad-hoc ceremony will be recognised as legal and official remains to be seen. FAST said the caretaker government's actions were tantamount to a coup.

Tuila'epa, in turn, called the FAST Party MPs treasonous and promised action.

Associate Professor of Pacific Studies at University of Auckland Professor Damon Salesa spoke to Susie Ferguson.