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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 6) – A leading member of the Samoan of Parliament, Su‘a Atonio Su‘a, was killed yesterday in Auckland, New Zealand, in what police are investigating as a murder.

Police say a 47-year-old man has been charged with murder in Su‘a’s death.

The leader of the opposition in Samoa says the killing marks a sad day for the country.

Le Mamea Ropati says the death creates a huge gap in Samoan politics.

"Certainly it’s going to create a big hole in our party; it’s going to be very difficult to replace him because he’s one of the most important people inside our caucus and also in parliament he does speak his mind."

The leader of the opposition, Le Mamea Ropati, says Su‘a was the secretary of the Samoa Democratic United Party.

October 7, 2005

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