16 Jun 2008

Independent MPs in Samoa vow to register new political party despite ruling of speaker

8:33 am on 16 June 2008

A group of twelve independent MPs in Samoa's Parliament are planning to announce a name for their political party this week after receiving more than 600 names in a competition open to local and overseas supporters.

The Parliament speaker, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Lei'ataua, has recently ruled the politicians have to remain as independent MPs in the house for the rest of the current five year parliamentary term.

But a former government MP who left the ruling HRPP party and became an independent, Palusalue Fa'apo II, has told parliament the speaker will be officially informed after their party is legally registered.

Palusalue says even if the speaker rules to dissolve their seats for fresh by-election they will still proceed with the forming of the new party.