Curtains fall on XV Parliament

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia ,

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Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, Avalisa Viali Fautuaalii, Fepuleai Letufuga Atila, Afoa Arasi Tiotio, Leasi Vainalepa Galuvao and Toesulusulu Cedric Schuster.

Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, Avalisa Viali Fautuaalii, Fepuleai Letufuga Atila, Afoa Arasi Tiotio, Leasi Vainalepa Galuvao and Toesulusulu Cedric Schuster.

A caretaker government is now responsible for the decision making of the country.

This follows the official dissolvent of the XV Parliamentary term yesterday, during a ceremony held at Tuana’imato Gymnasium 1. 

It was well attended by the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and the Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia Efi, Members of Parliament and their relatives, as well as church leaders, judges, the diplomatic corps and government officials.  

This means, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his Cabinet Ministers are now a caretaker government until the General Elections in March. 

Reverend Panapa Fata To’o from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in Sasina led the opening prayer. 

Veteran Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia gave the thanksgiving prayer while Opposition Leader, Palusalue Fa’apo II said the confession.  Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua gave the prayer of intercession.  The Ola Toefuataina choir provided the hymns.

Speaker of Parliament, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao  acknowledged the hard work of all the Parliamentarians as well as Samoa for their support.

“From our hearts, we acknowledge the great gratitude and support, commitment of our diplomatic representatives,” said La’auli.  “We thank our partner countries for all your great contributions to Samoa and its development. 

“To all the churches and people of Samoa, thank you for your endless prayers and support which have brought us to the successful conclusion of this parliamentary term. We believe in the power of your prayers that has meant God has blessed us abundantly.”

The ceremony concluded with a brunch.

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