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Former Samoa MPs to seek declaratory order from Supreme Court
01:18 am GMT+12, 17/11/2020, Samoa

When Samoa Parliament reconvenes on Tuesday, two seats will not be occupied.
 
The Salega East and Urban West seats have been declared vacant by the Speaker of Parliament, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa'afisi, after the decision by Olo Fiti Vaai and Faumuina Wayne Fong to pledge their allegiances to the Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party.
 
But Olo and Faumuina are not resting. Olo said they will file a motion before the Supreme Court for a declaratory order to confirm the status of their memberships in Parliament.  
 
He argued that the decision did not follow proper procedure and it was done "under a breadfruit tree" as opposed to being done in Parliament. The former MP told the Samoa Observer that their lawyer, Mauga Precious Chang, is filing a motion in Court to challenge the order from the Speaker.  
 
The order from the Speaker comes two months before Parliament dissolves to prepare for the General Election in April.
 
According to Olo, the position from the Speaker and the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly appears to be “contradictory” in relation to their presence in Parliament.  
 
He is referring to the Order from the Speaker and two separate letters from the Clerk that initially inviting them to attend.

SOURCE: SAMOA OBSERVER/PACNEWS


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