2 Feb 2011

Samoa ruling HRPP deputy leader to compete in general election

6:39 am on 2 February 2011

Samoa's ruling HRPP party has confirmed the deputy leader, Misa Telefoni, will seek re-election from the constituency of Falelatai and Samatau.

The list of eighty three election candidates to compete under the HRPP banner was confirmed at a caucus meeting and includes the name of the deputy leader.

More than thirty HRPP independent candidates were also confirmed at the party's caucus meeting.

Misa Telefoni will be facing a tough competition in his constituency because Falelatai and Samatau village councils have already endorsed candidates for the HRPP in the March general election.

The endorsement of election candidates had occurred last year after Misa handed his resignation to the chiefs of Falelatai.

He is currently being banished as a result of a village council decision because of an internal friction between the chiefs and the MP.