20 Apr 2010

Bainaimarama lashes out at Samoa PM over Fiji decree comments

3:06 pm on 20 April 2010

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has hit back at Samoa's prime minister for his comments about Fiji's immunity decree and proposed media decree.

Tuilaepa Sailele said the Fiji regime's decree to give itself immunity from prosecution was an admission of guilt for its coups and was straight out of an aspiring dictator's rulebook.

But Commodore Bainimarama has told the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation that he can only conclude that Samoa's prime minister had lost his mind.

He described Tuilaepa as desperate and trying to whip up a regional outcry so that the Pacific Forum secretariat can be moved from Suva to Apia.

Commodore Bainimarama went on to say that he didn't think anyone from the Forum Secretariat would want to relocate to Samoa as Fiji was a more modern country.

Tuilaepa is the only leader in the Pacific to have criticised the recent Fiji decrees.