5 Oct 2011

Va'aelua Eti Alesana funeral in Samoa next week

4:22 pm on 5 October 2011

The funeral of the Tautua Samoa Party's president, Va'aelua Eti Alesana, is likely to be scheduled for next week.

Va'aelua was a founding member of the party, and the son of the late prime minister and leader of the ruling HRPP party.

He was party president for just over seven months after small political parties came together to run under the banner of Tautua Samoa in the general election in March.

The leader of the party, Palusalue Faaopo II, says many family members will come from overseas for the funeral.

"His funeral service will be some time next week, either on Thursday or Friday. They are awaiting the arrival of his children from America, since there is only one airline to come to Samoa, so that's why it's been deferred."

Palusalue Faaopo II says he will remember Va'aelua as a person who always spoke his mind and followed up what he believed in.

He says an interim president will be appointed mid month to fill the vacancy until the party's AGM planned for December.