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New political party registered in Samoa

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Apia, SAMOA — A new political party has reportedly been registered in Samoa.

Talamua Online reports Samoa's Electoral Commissioner has confirmed the Samoa First party has been registered.

A source told Talamua that the party hoped to bring change to Samoa's political landscape and would push to benefit the lives of the people, especially their rights to customary land.

Samoa's 49 seat Fono or Legislative Assembly is dominated by two political parties.

The ruling Human Rights Protection Party of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has 29 seats while the Tautua Samoa Party has 13.

There are seven independents.

The next general election in Samoa is in 2021.