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Wairarapa Times-Age - 2021-06-11

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Samoa contempt

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Samoa's caretaker prime minister is one of four top officials served with a motion accusing them of contempt of court. It was filed by the prime minister-elect, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, in the latest twist in a two-month political crisis. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is named alongside the speaker of parliament, the clerk of the legislative assembly, and the attorney general. The Fast party, which won April's election, accuses the four of contempt for ignoring a Supreme Court order to convene Parliament, at which point Fast should have been sworn in as government. In the motion, Tuilaepa is also accused of undermining the judiciary through disparaging comments.

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