"The makeshift swearing-in ceremony gave Fiame’s government legitimacy. The
presence of the revered former head of state, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi
Efi, aided the optics. The current head of state, who has shocked many with his
actions, was said to have left the capital, Apia, for a distant village.
Also legitimising the Fiame government’s swearing-in was the chairman of the
Congregational Christian Church, Reverend Elder Iosefa Atapana Uilelea, who led
the opening prayers. Until that point, the immense moral force of church
leadership had not been activated to support either side.
Tuilaepa’s response at Monday night’s press conference was in character: FAST
had been overtaken by “the devil”, had “mental issues needing professional
help” and were akin to “the Mafia”.
More ominous was his accusing FAST of “stealing” his authority and “treason”."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics