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Opposition party scheduled for launching

The relaunch of an old opposition party, the Samoa National Development Party (S.N.D.P.), is scheduled for next month. 

Founding member of the political party, Vui Seigafolava Masinamua confirmed the plans Monday.

Vui revealed that the political party has already garnered interest from 20 members, who did not want to go public on their support for the party. 

“This is mainly due to the fact that they have not disclosed their intentions to the territorial districts,” said Vui. 

“But we have the support of 20 members and that number is expected to grow. 

“The committee will make the announcement near the launch date to inform the media and the public of preparations.”

Those information will be made known in due course. 

Vui added that the revival of the S.N.D.P. and intention to carry the name of the political party belongs to the people. 

“As explained earlier the political party does not belong to a Member of Parliament,” he said. 

“There is that mindset that a political party and its name belongs to Members of Parliament. 

“It does, Members of Parliament are only employees of the political party but it belongs to people.” 

In March this year, Vui revealed his plans to revive the party that has been dormant for more than a decade. 

At the time, he said growing pressure from the public and older generation to relaunch the party, compelled him to take that course of action. 

“There are a lot of founding members of S.N.D.P. who are in their graves, and before I go ahead with the process and reveal that the S.N.D.P. is relaunched for the next general election, I have to seek blessing from their tomb and graves,” he said. 

Consequently, the founding member said he has also met former M.Ps who have given their support and blessings for him to pursue his mission. 

The S.N.D.P. was the main opposition party in Samoa between 1988 and 2003. 

In 2003, the party merged with the Samoa United Independents Political Party to form the Samoa Democratic United Party (S.D.U.P.). 

Former Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and Council of Deputies, Le Mamea Ropati, were former leaders of the party. 

According to Vui, he had served in politics for 29 years under Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, former S.D.U.P. leader, Asiata Saleimoa Va’ai and Le Mamea Ropati. 

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