Ali'imalemanu stay of execution denied
Ali'imalemanu Alofa Tuuau will not be able to sit in Parliament when it convenes, after a motion to stay the execution of her dismissal was rejected today in the Court of Appeal.
The decision from the Court of Appeal, delivered at midday on Friday, places Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) with a one seat majority in Parliament, leading 26 to 25.
Their rivals, and the incumbent party of Government, the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.), are now in the minority and unable to defend their 40 years in Government.
The H.R.P.P. appeal on the removal of Ali'imalemanu as an additional sixth woman M.P. is pending before the Appellant Court, and if upheld, would mean a return to the 26-all seat deadlock between parties.
The Court of Appeal verdict on the stay of execution was delivered by Chief Justice, His Honour Satiu Simativa Perese.
Justice Tafaimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren and Justice Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma also presided alongside the Chief Justice.