By Samantha Magick

“Can I offer my deepest gratitude to you, the people of Samoa, and in particular acknowledge the dignity with which you have waited with patience and forbearance, peacefully and respectfully, for the court process to be concluded.”

These were the words offered by Samoa’s new Prime Minister¸ Afioga Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, after Samoa’s Court of Appeal declared that the swearing in of the 26 members of her Faʻatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi  (FAST) political party on May 24 was legal.

The decision by . . .

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