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Samoa

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Legislative Assembly

Start and end of mandate

Start of the parliamentary mandate for newly elected members
When the member is sworn in
Start of the parliamentary mandate for appointed members
Not applicable
End of the parliamentary mandate
On the last day of the chamber’s term (including in the case of early dissolution)

Speaker

Mode of designation of the Speaker
The Speaker is elected from among the members of parliament/chamber
Authority that designates the Speaker When the Speaker is designated from outside parliament.
Not applicable
Speaker becomes interim Head of State in the event of the latter’s death or incapacity In some countries, the Speaker acts as interim Head of State when required by the circumstances, such as death or incapacity.
No
Speaker's mandate continues between legislatures The mandate of the Speaker may continue until their successor is elected, even after the dissolution of parliament/chamber.
No
Speaker terms
The term of the Speaker is different from the term of the house The term of the Speaker may be different from the term of the House (legislature).
Yes
Speaker's term The term may be shorter than one year.
5 Years

Immunity and code of conduct

Parliament’s authorization is required for the detention or prosecution of members
Yes
Notes
the privileges, immunities and powers of the legislative assembly, of the committees thereof and of members of parliament may be determined by act:
 
 provided that no such privilege or power may extend to the imposition of a fine or to committal to prison for contempt or otherwise, unless provision is made by act for the trial and punishment of the person concerned by the supreme court.
There is a Code of conduct for members
No

Participation in the government

Members of the government must also be members of parliament Members of the government must also be members of parliament: Must be a member of parliament; Cannot be a member of parliament; Can be a member of parliament; Other
Can be a member of parliament