HRPP MPs in Samoa have been sworn in
Opposition MPs in Samoa have been sworn in after a court ruling paved the way for them to be allowed into parliament.
On Thursday however, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the HRPP saying the speaker was obligated to swear in its elected members.
Papali’i banned the opposition MPs for what he saw as their continued denial of the legitimacy of the FAST government.
It ordered the speaker to carry out the obligation forthwith to fulfil the requirements of Article 61 of the Constitution.
Ahead of the swearing in ceremony
Former Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi shook hands with his successor Fiame Naomi Mataafa as her Cabinet Ministers and Members arrived for Friday’s session of the House.
The Samoa Observer reported Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure Olo Fiti Vaai was the first to greet the members of the rival party who were already seated on the right side of the House.
His gesture was received with a hug from Tuilaepa who stood up and crossed the floor to greet his successor Fiame.
Our correspondent said people in the gallery stood up and clapped upon this sight.