F.A.S.T. backs down from Govt. building takeover

The Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party has backed down from moving into the  Fiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinuu II building in Apia in order to maintain the peace. 

A planned move for the party to walk into the  Fiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinuu II building Thursday morning to take over the office occupied by the Caretaker Cabinet did not go ahead. 

A 48-hours deadline given by F.A.S.T. to the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) administration to vacate the office expired Wednesday evening. 

F.A.S.T. party deputy leader, Laauli Leuatea Schmidt told the media Thursday morning that the party decided to keep the peace and "through humility victory is won". 

Laauli said the defiance of the caretaker Government is clear and the people will judge them for their actions. 

He said the F.A.S.T. Members of Parliament are currently deliberating on a way forward in light of the continued deadlock in negotiations.

Laauli said the votes of the people and the constituencies from the 9 April general election should not be taken lightly. 

Following a meeting between the leaders from the two parties on Monday this week the parties have failed to reach a consensus.

It was during that meeting that the F.A.S.T. put forth their demands for the caretaker Government to pack their things because the party demands a majority by one seat. 

Laauli confirmed the party is now putting their trust in the judiciary for answers to resolve the stalemate.

Part of the F.A.S.T. party’s latest application to the Court is clarification on the recent ruling for the sixth woman M.P. and whether her presence or absence is required should the Parliament convene. 

It is understood the caretaker Cabinet led by caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is currently holding a special meeting. 

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