Human Rights Protection Party leader

Samoa's Opposition without leadership following Parliament ban on Tuilaepa

Tuilaepa and the HRPP's secretary Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi were suspended indefinitely without pay on Tuesday from Parliament following a formal complaint by the Deputy Prime Minister, Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio.

The complaint led to a report with the recommendation they both be suspended.

Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa told Parliament an indefinite term of suspension is appropriate to monitor Tuilaepa and Lealailepule's behaviour and set a precedent for future reference.

The pair have also been denied their usual privileges payments during their suspension.