(BBC) – Samoa’s first female prime minister has been sworn into office in a tent after she was locked out of parliament by her opponent, who has refused to step down.
But the former deputy prime minister, who arrived alongside the chief justice, found herself barred from the building, which had been locked by allies of Mr Malielegaoi in advance of her arrival.
The controversy comes a month after the closest-run general election in Samoa’s history, which was followed by bitter disputes and legal challenges.
But five days ahead of the re-run, the supreme court ruled against the HRPP, re-endorsing the results of the election and ordering the swearing in of Ms Mata’afa to go ahead.
She is the daughter of the country’s first prime minister, and has been politically active since the mid-1980s.