4 Nov 2013

Samoa associate minister suspended for misbehaving

2:56 pm on 4 November 2013

An associate minister in Samoa's government has lost his job for alleged bad behaviour.

An associate minister for the Ministry of Police and Prisons as well as the Fire and Emergency Services authority, Lafaitele Patrick Leiataualesa, was suspended after a ruling HRPP party caucus.

The second term MP reportedly lost his job because of disorderly behaviour during an 'ava drinking session.

The Minister of Police, Sala Fata Pinati, says the suspension is for 12 months but whether the MP is then brought back into the executive is up to the prime minister.