Unsworn M.P.s turned away: Speaker

The 18 unsworn members of the Human Rights Protection Party will likely return to by-elections after the Speaker of the House denied their request to be sworn on Tuesday. 

The Speaker of the House, Papalii Lio Masipau in a letter to to the leader of the H.R.P.P. Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi confirmed his decision to deny the members access to parliament sitting tomorrow. 

Papalii told Tuilaepa that their continuous rejection of the new Government also means they do not accept the Speaker of the House. 

Due to these reasons, the Speaker said, he has concluded that there will be no swearing in for the H.R.P.P. members when parliament convenes. 

He added his decision is also in accordance with Standing Orders and to maintain the integrity of parliament. 

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