6 Nov 2012

Samoa opposition leader to get publicly funded car

2:38 pm on 6 November 2012

Samoa's opposition leader will soon be handed a brand new car.

The opposition leader, Palusalue Faapo II, says the prime minister has recognised the role and functions as well as privileges of the opposition under parliament's standing orders.

But political critics suggests the gesture by the ruling HRPP party, in which Palusalue was a long time MP and supporter, could be dangerous for the Tautua Samoa Party in its preparation for the next general election.

However, the opposition leader told local media the official publicly funded vehicle is for official duties and is not a bribe.