Lawyer follows father's footstep in politics

A senior lawyer practitioner is following her father’s footstep into politics and will contest the next General Election. 

Leota Tima Leavai, the daughter of Veteran Member of Parliament for Falealupo, A’eau Peniamina Leavaise’eta has confirmed she is running in the 2021 General Election. 

A’eau is one of only two M.Ps from the Tautua Samoa Party, who was successfully returned to the Legislative Assembly after a landslide win by the ruling Human Rights Protection Party in the 2016 polls.

His daughter Leota, who is the principal barrister for Leavai Law, said she would have never thought of running for office if her father had not become old. 

Reluctant to speak about her candidacy plans and preparations, Leota said she wants to continue her father’s work and be of service to her electoral constituency. 

Leota said she has discussed her candidacy with her father, who had reminded her of the need to continue the family’s service for their village of Falealupo in Savai’i, through public office. 

A’eau first entered the Legislative Assembly in the 1985 General Election and was a former Speaker and former Deputy Leader of the then Samoa Democratic United Party. 

He was also the former Deputy Leader of the Tautua Samoa Party when it was formed in 2008. 

Asked about which political party she will be contesting under, Leota said her father was a founding member of H.R.P.P. and there is a chance of her running for the ruling party. 

She added that the political party that has been in Government for 38 years and has done a lot of development for Samoa. 

Leota is not only a lawyer by profession but is also a musician and a silver and bronze medalist for women golf in New Caledonia in 2011. 

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