FAST party outraged by the Samoa Head of States decision to hold another election.
Watch Fiame Naomi Mata'afa's announcement in English from 11:10 mins on ...
Earlier today, the leaders of the two dominant political parties - Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, caretaker Prime Minister and leader of the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) and Fiame Mata'afa Naomi, leader of the Fa'atuata i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) - met with the Head of State today to discuss the possibility of the country heading into another election.
The Head of State Afioga Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II is set to make an announcement later this evening.
Fiame went ahead with her own special announcement an hour ago - summary below:
* The Head of State Afioga Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II has requested another election and the caretaker Prime Minister has agreed to hold another one.
- They cited the hung parliament and disquiet on social media as reasons to hold another election
* Fiame does not agree with this and said she does not believe the Head of State has the constitutional power to call new elections at this time.
- There was a decision & action made by the Electoral Commissioner and signed by the Head of State, this decision has been challenged & the hearing is set for tomorrow (Wednesday). She questions why the Head of State has not waited for this decision
- It is clear in the constitution that Parliament needs to recommence within 45 days of General Election. Once parliament convenes then a decision can be made. If members cannot decide on a leader, then the Head of State can make the decision.
"The suggested course of action at this time, for which he is clearly taking the advice of the caretaker Prime Minister, is to preempt and undermine the decision of the Supreme Court before it is made and to preempt and undermine the actual vote of all the members of Parliament, who were declared as winners after the official count released by the Electoral Commission.
These proposed actions are wrong, these proposed actions are unlawful, these proposed actions threaten and undermine the rule of law."
She has asked the Head of State to wait for the decision of the Supreme Court.
Watch her full statement above.