Tuilaepa prefers reference of HRPP than Opposition party label


Former Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi has urged members of the media to reference their political party’s official name when referring to the Human Rights Protection Party rather than “opposition party”. 

“We are here to ensure the government is held accountable not as opposers.” Tuilaepa made his comments during a recent press conference with the media. 

The suspended Lepa MP said their role is to advise the government on vital matters and it’s up to the governance party what they do with it, but the HRPP cannot sit idle when there are pertinent issues. 

“Most especially concerns raised by members of the public to us directly, and we raise it with the government,” he said. 

According to Tuilaepa the HRPP was established in March 1979 and members at the time were cautious in how they selected the party’s official name, hence it’s important to reference HRPP rather than the opposition party.