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Samoa’s political crisis deepens as rivals both claim leadership

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By Jonathan Barrett and Colin Packham SYDNEY/CANBERRA (Reuters) -Samoa’s political crisis intensified on Monday as the leader of the opposition party held a ceremony to form government outside a locked parliament after the incumbent prime minister refused to cede power. A series of twists and turns since an April election gave the FAST opposition party a one-seat parliamentary majority has culminated in a power struggle between the courts and the head of state in the Pacific nation, a supporter of China in recent years. FAST leader Fiame Naomi Mataafa was set to become Samoa’s first female pri…

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