8 Dec 2010

Tautua Samoa resignation left unexplained

2:33 pm on 8 December 2010

Uncertainty surrounds the reasons prompting the resignation of the president of the Tautua Samoa party.

Papalii Tavita Moala, who is the former CEO of the Samoa National Provident Fund, quit but no reason has been given.

Speculation is mounting to the reasons behind the resignation but former MP and chaiman, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, says the public will be informed soon.

Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says one explanation has been that Papalii stepped down because he is not a candidate for the general election.

However, he says the resignation is not a good look for the party.

"You know the damage has already been done because there are media reports already out in the public saying that the president has stepped down amidst a lot of other crisis the Tautua party is facing, especially the election of a leader. It's not a good look for the party, it's a brand new political party."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says university lecturer and Tautua candidate Afualo Dr Woods Salele is tipped as the next party president, having received the confidence from all party candidates.