19 Apr 2006

Two Samoa independents fail to join government

8:25 pm on 19 April 2006

The appeal in Samoa by two independent MPs to join the ruling Human Rights Protection Party has been rejected in a party executive committee meeting.

Autagavaia Tipi Auatagavaia reports.

"The decision follows the second appeal by Independent MPs, Toluono Feti and Va'ai Papu Vaelupe Va'ai, who were successful in last month's general election to join the government. They represent Palauli and Vaisigano Number one constituencies respectively. Prime Minister Tuila'epa Lupesoli'ai Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says that the executive decision, would not affect future government support for the constituencies of both MPs. The solid support according to Tuila'epa is based on previous HRPP government where Va'ai Papu was a Minister of Agriculture under his leadership, and his late farther, Va'ai Kolone was founding member of the party, and first Prime Minister for the HRPP government in the early eighties. Palauli MP, Toluono Feti also has the support of the government because he was the former Manager of the Electric Power Corporation for years, under the current Prime Minister's administration in past years."