Samoa’s first elected female Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa was locked out of the parliament Monday and not allowed to take oath by the incumbent Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoni. Malielegaoni, who has been the prime minister since 1998, refused to resign after losing the April 9 election by one seat. Mata’afa is the leader of FAST party and Malielegaoni is the leader of Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP). The FAST led coalition won 26 of the parliament’s 51 seats but HRPP also claims to have won 26 seats. Malielegaoni’s party has been in power for four decades. Samoa, a country with two major islands, with a total population of about 2 lacs has been peaceful for years. The speaker of the parliament has sided with the incumbent Prime Minister Malielegaoni. According to Samoa's constitution, the new prime minister has to take oath within 45 days. Mata’afa took oath Monday in a tent erected outside the parliament building. Both New Zealand as well as Australia, has supported Mata’afa and requested Malielegaoni to follow the law. Mata’afa formed her party, FAST, last year to contest polls.
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Various Hindu ashrams and prominent monks in Kerala have formed the Kerala Dharmacharya Sabha (KDS), a forum to form an authoritative opinion on all issues confronting the community. The body has a 23-member executive committee comprising swamis and priests. A meeting held in Kochi was attended by representatives of leading ashrams and institutions. Swami Chidananda Puri of Advaithashramam in Kozhikode was elected the KDS chairman, while Mullappally Krishnan Namboodiri of Tantric Vidya Peedho ...