2021 Samoan constitutional crisis

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2021 Samoan constitutional crisis
Date22 May 2021 (2021-05-22)
Caused byRefusal by incumbent Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi to accept the victory of Fiame Naomi Mataʻafa in April 2021 Samoan general election
GoalsSeating of Fiame Naomi Mataʻafa as next Prime Minister of Samoa
MethodsNonviolent resistance
Lead figures

A constitutional crisis began in Samoa on 22 May 2021 when the O le Ao o le Malo (Head of State) Tuimalealiifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II issued a proclamation stopping the Legislative Assembly of Samoa from meeting after the April 2021 Samoan general election.[1][2][3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Joyetter Feagaimaali'i (22 May 2021). "Head of State suspends Parliament". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 22 May 2021. Samoa has been thrown into a constitutional crisis
  2. Sina Retzlaff (22 May 2021). "Head of State Issues Writ to Suspend Official Opening of XVIIth Parliament". Samoa Global News. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  3. "Samoa dives into further uncertainty as Head of State suspends Monday's opening of Parliament". Talamua. 22 May 2021. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  4. Jamie Tahana (22 May 2021). "Sitting of Samoa parliament cancelled; constitutional turmoil deepens". RNZ. Retrieved 22 May 2021. with the country now well engulfed in a constitutional crisis