6 Oct 2005

Samoa opposition leader says MP killed in Auckland will leave huge gap

9:20 pm on 6 October 2005

The leader of the opposition in Samoa says the killing of Su'a Atonio Su'a marks a sad day for the country.

MP Su'a died at a South Auckland house yesterday, with police saying they believe his death followed an altercation with another man.

A 47-year-old man has been charged with his murder and will re-appear in court next week.

Le Mamea Ropati says the death creates a huge gap in Samoan politics.

"Certainly it's going to create a big hole in our party, it's going to be very difficult to replace him because he's one of the most important people inside our caucus and also in parliament he does speak his mind."

The leader of the opposition, Le Mamea Ropati, says Su'a was the secretary of the Samoa Democratic United Party.