In dramatic scenes in the Pacific country of Samoa, MPs have convened an ad hoc swearing-in ceremony outside parliament and declared their party’s leader the new prime minister.

The move came after the caretaker government refused to convene parliament on Monday to allow a transition of power, locking the prime minister-elect and her supporters out of the parliament building.

In an unprecedented move, prime minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa took the oath of office in a tent outside the locked parliament, with her party then announcing on social media that she was the new prime minister of Samoa.

Samoa’s parliament was due to convene on Monday to swear in a new government, more than a month after a knife-edge election, which has been followed by legal challenges, the calling of a second vote, and intense constitutional manoeuvring.

The election was the most closely-fought in the country’s history and had the Human Rights…

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