31 Aug 2010

Samoa head of state withdraws request for a commission of inquiry

7:27 pm on 31 August 2010

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi, has accepted a request from the head of state, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, that a commission of inquiry he'd called for be withdrawn.

Tui Atua had asked for the inquiry as a way to resolve a land

dispute between him and his village of Lufilufi which banished him two weeks ago.

In a government statement, the Prime Minister says the head of state has requested that his plea for a commission of inquiry be withdrawn and he's accepted that.

This follows public criticism at the spending of public funds to resolve what was essentially a private matter.