H.R.P.P. not worried with new parties: PM Tuilaepa

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi says the Human Rights Protection Party is not threatened by the emergence of new political parties in Samoa.

Speaking on his weekly programme on TV3 recently with host Toelapai Rula Su'a-Vaai, the Prime Minister said his party is unfazed by the presence of other political parties. 

“We have nothing to worry about; we are after all the longest governing party in the Country,” said Tuilaepa.

“In fact the other political parties are the ones worried when they see that we are meeting often. But our camps are hosted often and this is to assure that members get along.” 

He said H.R.P.P. retreats are strategic ways to keep the members informed and to allow the members to mingle and get to know each other personally.

“We also meet to discuss current issues and especially with the upcoming Parliament session next week.”

As a reminder, the Prime Minister said when the Samoa National Democratic Party officially launched their party, he was invited as the guest speaker. 

“I attended the launching of the Samoa National Democratic Party and I gave them advice on how things are done and also advised on how to gain the trust of the people, because if they can't be trusted their party would be useless.” 

Tuilaepa added that a donation of $2,000 from the H.R.P.P. was given as a gift to the newly launched party in return for the invitation.

“It's a token of our appreciation that there is another party that will compete against the H.R.P.P. and it's a sign of democracy,” he said.

In 2016 the H.R.P.P. created history, when it formed the Government based on the number of candidates it returned from the general election, effectively making Samoa a one-party state. 

The Prime Minister said at that time the H.R.P.P. returned 47 Members of Parliament from the election, consequently creating a ‘homegrown opposition’ within the party.

“At that time 47 H.R.P.P. members won and only three were Independent members. And so we decided to have our now homegrown opposition made up of members within our Party,” he added.

“In our view there should always be opposition [in Parliament] but the voice of the public was made through their vote which led to the one-party state.”

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