Human Rights Protection Party
|Leader||Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi|
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Va'ai Kolone and Tofilau Eti Alesana co-founded the party in May 1979 in opposition to the government of Tupuola Efi. It has governed the country since first winning power in 1982, except for a brief period in 1986 and 1987 when internal differences forced it into coalition.
The two founders of the early party, Kolone and Alesana, both became Prime Ministers of Samoa.
In the 2011 election held on March 4, the party won 36 out of 49 seats, thus retaining the majority. According to the U.S. State Department in their 2010 human rights report published on April 8, 2011, the Human Rights Protection Party remains the only officially recognized party in the Legislative Assembly of Samoa (the Fono).
The Human Rights Protection Party retained power by winning the 2016 general election.
- Asofou So'o (2005). "The establishment and operation of Samoa's political party system". In Roland Rich, Luke Hambly and Michael G. Morgan. Political Parties in the Pacific Islands. Canberra: Pandanus Books. p. 189.
- 2010 Human Rights Report: Samoa, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, April 8, 2011
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