7 Feb 2011

Tautua Samoa party to limit terms of prime minister in office

9:22 am on 7 February 2011

The opposition Tautua Samoa party has vowed to impose term limits on the Prime Minister if it wins next month's general election.

The party leader, Va'ai Papu Va'ai, says in countries such as the United States, the president is allowed to take office for only two terms and the same should apply to the prime minister's job.

Vaai says the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi and the ruling HRPP party have been in power far too long and it's time for a change.

The Tautua Samoa party has also promised to drop the value added goods tax on all imported goods and to increase the old pension scheme with a plan to be paid out twice every month.

The party has also announced that an increase in salaries for village mayors or Pulenuu as well as government representatives in villages will be a priority.