27 Sep 2010

Samoa village banishes deputy PM

5:33 am on 27 September 2010

Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister, Misa Telefoni, has been banished from his village of Falelatai.

This follows dissatisfaction by village chiefs that Misa had tendered his resignation as their member of parliament two weeks ago by letter rather than in person.

Misa has been the MP for Falelatai and Samatau since he entered parliament in 1988.

Village sources say support for Misa faded because the constituency felt neglected by him this term.

Our correspondent says it appears Misa resigned ahead of being let go by the matai of the so-called House of Seven.

Misa has made no comment on the matter.