VIOLENCE IN AFTERMATH OF SAMOA ELECTION

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 3) – Anger is still simmering in parts of Samoa after the election results over the weekend.

The main violence has been in an electorate in Savaii, where the Works Minister, Faumuina Tiatia Leoaga won over a top ranking , Matai Letagaloa Pita.

The Samoa Observer reports that attempts have been to burn a second school in the constituency after another school was destroyed and a man shot and wounded as the election results came in.

The paper says water supplies to several villages were also cut off.

A supporter of the deputy leader of the opposition SDUP has reported her house was stoned over the weekend and windows were smashed.

Earlier, a man armed with a machete had come to her house and made threats.

The official count of all votes cast in the general election begins today and will include all special ballots."

[PIR editor’s note: The ruling party of Samoan Prime Minister Tuila'epa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi was reelected, according to provisional results of the country’s general elections. With vote counting completed for 40 of the 49 Parliamentary seats, the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) held 26 seats. Main opposition Samoa Democratic United Party won eight and independents six.]

April 4, 2006

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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