14 Sep 2020

Samoa's Fiame to remain independent, for time being

5:50 pm on 14 September 2020

Samoa's former deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, says she will not be joining another political party any time soon.

Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa

Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa Photo: Dominic Godfrey / RNZ Pacific

Fiame resigned last week and the veteran politican says she will remain an independent for the rest of the current parliamentary term.

She says the implication of joining another party now that she has left the governing HRPP was that she would lose her seat immediately which she did not want.

Fiame has made it clear she wants to run in next April's Elections and says she has discussed this with her former leader and Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

The newly created Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi or FAST party has reportedly offered her the party leadership.