SAMOA SETS ELECTIONS FOR FEBRUARY

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Dec. 11) – The date for Samoa’s general elections has now been set for February the 24th 2006.

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, has predicted that his Human Rights Protection Party would win two thirds of the seats in Parliament.

The party has 15 electoral candidates. It hopes to announce its list of candidates by the end of the week and will launch its platform on 10 February.

The Samoa Democratic United Party leader, Le Mamea Ropati, has told the Samoa Observer that guesswork on the election date can now stop with the Prime Minister’s announcement.

Le Mamea says his party is ready for the election and that candidates running for Parliament will be announced by Christmas.

December 12, 2005

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