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Thu Nov 25, 2021, 04:35 PM

UN relationship with Samoa under a cloud

Apia, SAMOA The United Nations has glaring problems in Samoa where the government is calling for the UN's role in the country to be reviewed.

The most pressing immediate problem concerns the UN Resident Coordinator in Samoa, Simona Marinescu, and the local government's allegation that she has interfered in domestic politics.

Samoa's ruling Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party has accused Marinescu of breaching UN principles of neutrality by actively working against the party during this year's election.

The FAST claim partly relates to Marinescu's involvement in the push to increase the number of women MPs in Samoa. The issue of a quota for women's seats in parliament became a central point of contention in the drawn out impasse between the former ruling Human Rights Protection Party and FAST over April's election, which was won by FAST.

Read more: https://www.samoanews.com/regional/un-relationship-samoa-under-cloud

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