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Samoa’s newest political party that was registered Thursday wants Samoa’s future Prime Ministers to have only two terms or ten years in office “to ensure good governance and avoid the abuse of power and entrenched corruption.”
Samoa’s current Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has been in power for over twenty years.
The party, FA’ATUATUA I LE ATUA SAMOA UA TASI, abbreviated FAST is the seventh political party now registered to contest the general elections in April 2021.
Led by Party Chairman, former Speaker La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polata’ivao Fosi, the party also wants to abolish the taxation of church ministers which is a sticky issue between the mainline churches and Government with many CCCS church ministers awaiting court cases for refusing to pay income taxes.
In a statement released after the registration by the Electoral Commissioner, Faimalōmatumua Mathew Lemisio, the FAST Party said it is advancing National Unity for Change in the April 2021 general elections.
The Party’s Vision and Objectives are based on Christian values and principles and Samoan culture. Against the background of prevalent domestic violence against women and children and many social problems, its’ aim is to restore and nurture family values and unity as the core of achieving social cohesion and a healthy and sustainable economic and national development.
The party name, translated National Unity in God and its abbreviation FAST, subscribes to the spiritual disciplines of prayers and fasting for the nation and FAST is also synonymous with change, movement, action, speed and progress.
Significantly, the FAST Party was registered today by representatives of the 11 recognised traditional constituencies of Samoa; 6 of the Puleono representing Savaii and 3 representing Tumua from Upolu, and representatives of Aiga ile Tai and Vaa o Fonoti.
The Party was registered by the Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio who warmly welcomed the Party representatives saying FAST is the seventh political party to have been registered in the lead up to the 2012 general elections.
The Party’s Logo is represented by the oval Samoan fale with 11 posts representing the 11 traditional seats of the Samoan constituencies, the Samoan flag with the Southern Cross.
The FAST Party vision and principles are summarised: “Our Family, Our People, Our Nation, Our Culture and Christian values, is our collective responsibility.”
The Party is fielding candidates in all the 50 constituencies for the 2021 general elections.
SOURCE: TALAMUA NEWS ONLINE/PACNEWS
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