22 Mar 2006

Samoa banishment of MP lifted

7:59 pm on 22 March 2006

The Lepea Village Council in Samoa has decided to honour a request by the Lands and Titles Court to put aside its banishment of sitting MP Lepou Petele II.

The council had voted to banish Lepou and his family for disobeying a directive by the council not to run in next week's elections.

Lepou registered as a candidate for Faleata East despite an agreement between villages in the constituency that Vaimoso village would select a parliamentarian in the next assembly.

Reports say the court had written to the village's highest ranking chief to reconsider the banishment.

Lepou is a member of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party.