27 Apr 2016

Samoa village chief and former Parliament speaker dies

10:20 am on 27 April 2016

One of Samoa's influential politicians, a village chief and an academic, Leota Leulua'ialii Itu'au Ale, has died this morning from a sudden illness.

Leota Leulua'ialii Itu'au Ale, third from left with his wife and members of his family when he returned to Solosolo village recently.

Leota Leulua'ialii Itu'au Ale, third from left, with his wife and members of his family when he returned to Solosolo village recently. Photo: RNZ/ Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

The 74-year-old was a Member of Parliament for the Anoama'a i sisifo constituency for more than 20 years.

He has also served as a Speaker in previous Parliaments.

Leota's death comes after he was welcomed back two weeks ago into the village council of Solosolo after being banished from the village for four years.

A dispute between Leota and others in the village resulted in his guest-house being burnt down in 2012 and family vehicles and houses wrecked.

Leota Leuluaialii Ituau Ale,

Former Samoa speaker, (sitting middle) who had been banned from the village of Solosolo, Leota Leuluaialii Ituau Ale. Photo: RNZ/ Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

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