Samoa Opposition Denies Split In Tautua Samoa Party

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Rumors of resignation of Shadow Minister dismissed

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Jan. 22, 2015) – Opposition Leader Palusalue Faapo 11 denies any split within the Tautua Samoa Party after reports of the resignation of one of their members and Shadow Minister for IT and Telecommunications, Levaopolo Talatonu Vaai.

The reports also surfaced in the parliamentary debate this afternoon. However Palusalue told the media that the Tautua party is strong and that he does not know and has not received any resignation from Levaopolo.

Talamua understands Tautua had a caucus meeting yesterday and one of the issues discussed was Levaopolo’s resignation of which Party sources said was declined by caucus.

Palusalue denied all this, but did confirm that Levaopolo will not compete from the current constituency he is representing, Gaga’emauga No.2. in next year’s general elections.

"He will run from the Salega constituency under a different matai title," said Palusalue.

He also told Talamua that his party has already put in place a strategic plan for the campaign for the upcoming general elections in 2016.

Other Tautua members also denied the reported resignation.

During Parliament today, Member of Parliament (MP) for Alataua West Lafaitele Patrict Leiataualesa asked Palusalue why Levaopolo has resigned from Tautua.

Before Palusalue could respond, Levaopolo took the floor and told the Speaker that what Lafaitele had told Parliament was "misleading".

Levaopolo was asked for confirmation but said "no comment".

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