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Mar 05

Ruling Human Rights Protection Party back with a two thirds majority

HRPP during its Manifesto launch a week before the electionsAPIA: 5 March 2011: The ruling Human Rights Protection Party is back with a two thirds majority winning 36 seats to the Opposition Tautua Samoa party's 13 in the provisional results of last nights general elections.

Election casualties Three Cabinet Ministers lost their seats including the Minister of Justice Unasa Mesi Galo, the Minister of Communications Safuneituuga Paaga Neri and the Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Toomata Alapati. HRPP made up on other constituencies winning double seats for the Individual Voters bringing back the Minister of Finance Papaliitele Niko Lee Hang and newcomer - successful businessman Maualaivao Pat Ah Him.
Maualaivao's younger brother Muagutuagata Peter Ah Him returned for his second term after topping the poll for Sagaga Leusoga.
HRPP also won the double seats for Aana Alofi No.1. held by the Minister of Police Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa'afisi and Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama who held the seat for Va'a o Fonoti in the last parliament.

Female MPs numbers in parliament have dwindled as Opposition MP Fuimaono Te'i lost her seat to new HRPP member Tusa Tupuola alongside veteran MP Tuiloma Pule Lameko for Falealili.

Samoa's first ever appointed female Cabinet Minister Fiame Naomi returns and will be one of two remaining female MPs in the new parliament. The other being the Minister of Health, Gatoloaifaana Ama Gidlow who topped the poll in her constituency of Faasaleleaga No.1. She came through together with the former Vice Chancellor of the National University of Samoa, Magele Mauiliu Magele.

Overall, HRPP returned 16 old members and elected 20 new ones and have been in camp the day after the results were out. The elected MPs and party supporters came together for a Thanksgiving service and a welcome ava ceremony on Saturday morning where Party Leader Tuilaepa Sailele spoke about the need for the business of governing the country to start away.  

The elected members are in camp until the final vote count is completed and the candidates election are confirmed ahead of the first meeting of Parliament to appoint the next HRPP Government. HRPP has so far won eight consecutive general elections since it formed its first Government in 1982.

NOTE: Check election results in our 2011 election coverage at talamua.com

Author: Lance Polu - Talamua
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