31 May 2007

Samoa ruling HRPP Caucus to discuss election of new Head of State

7:39 am on 31 May 2007

Samoa's ruling Human Rights Protection party or HRPP is expected to discuss a nomination for the next Head of State in a Caucus meeting.

Malietoa Tanumafili, who led the country for 45 years, died earlier this month.

The Prime Minister and HRPP leader, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says his party will meet on June 14 to discuss the nomination of a candidate to the position.

But he has dismissed a call from the Samoa Democratic United party's, Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai, for a Parliament consensus in order to choose the next Head of State.

Asiata says the position must not be decided in a Caucus meeting of the HRPP who has the majority of 39 MPs in the 49 seat Parliament.