Samoa First interim leader, Unasa won't contest

The interim leader of the Samoa First Political Party (S.F.P.P.), Unasa Iuni Sapolu, will not run in the 2021 General Election.

A lawyer by profession, Unasa told the Samoa Observer that the party will meet on June 20 to elect its leader who will take the party through the General Election in April next year. 

"I am not running in the next general election. I am an interim leader only," she said in response to questions from this newspaper. "Fa'amuamua Samoa [P]arty is meeting on the 20th June 2020 to pick its leader to take the Fa'amuamua Samoa Party to the elections."

During the party’s launching four months ago, Unasa revealed that the party would be headed by a 38-year-old woman, who will be unveiled by the party faithful months before the general election.

The S.F.P.P. has in recent months joined forces with the Samoa Solidarity International Group (S.S.I.G.) and the Samoa National Democratic Party (S.N.D.P.) to oppose proposed constitutional amendments by the Government to reform the judiciary.

Last month SFPP members including Unasa joined protesters from the SSIG and marched to Mulinu’u to submit a petition opposing three bills to make the Land and Titles Court (L.T.C.) independent of the Supreme Court. 

The three bills in question are the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020, Land and Titles Court Bill 2020 and the Judicature Bill 2020. The legislation has passed second reading in the Parliament and are currently at the committee stage for consultation, before they are returned to the House for the third and final reading prior to a vote being taken.

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