The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Cliff-hanger vote in Samoa

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NEITHER of the two main political parties could claim victory following a cliff-hanger general election in Samoa that has left a lone independen­t MP holding the balance of power.

Preliminar­y results in the small Pacific island nation, had the ruling Human Rights Protection Party and the opposition FAST party locked at 25 seats each in the 51-seat parliament. “We have noted that we have won 25 seats. We do appreciate that this is a provisiona­l result,” FAST leader and former deputy prime minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa said.

“The official count will not happen until next week when we will have further clarity on where the election result comes to.” Mataafa said she needed to negotiate with independen­t Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio.

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