Head of State Issues Writ to Suspend Official Opening of XVIIth Parliament


The Head of State His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II has issues a proclamation to suspend the opening of the XVIIth Parliament of Samoa.

As the nation feels the unsettled tensions of the latest developments, the Head of State has been removed from his residence at Vailele and take to Falelatai.

The Faatuatua i Le Atua Samoa ua Tasi FAST party has called an emergency meeting.

An attempt to ask the Supreme Court to revoke the writ issued Friday afternoon by the Head of State calling Parliament to convene on Monday was denied by the Chief Justice.

The Attorney General was told by the Chief Justice that the issue of Article 44 has been dealt with by the Supreme Court and the application for stay was denied by the Court of Appeal. He also added that the date for an appeal would be set after the Election Petition cases.

States the Chief Justice:

“On a general footing, it appears that the questions that the Attorney General wishes to raise at this late stage of the lead up to the convening of the Legislative Assembly were adequately covered in the application for stay. The Court has ruled against the Attorney General’s application for stay of execution, and it has not invited any further submissions”, sates the Chief Justice.


Sina Retzlaff